The Students Had an Awesome Experience!
Glastonbury Rotary Club’s Second Annual Back to School Picnic at The Maria Sanchez School
on Saturday September 12, 2015. Lunch for the Students and their Families, with over 600
in Attendance.It was a Great Event.
From left to right: Rotary Club of Glastonbury President Robert J. Zanlungo, Jr., Hartford mayor Pedro Segarra and Glastonbury Rotary club member, Nicholas Paindiris.
Working with Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and city officials, Rotarians got to work to bring this project to fruition.
The project was titled, “First Day-First Grade”. President Zanlungo commented, “If you can touch the life of a child early on, you can help steer them in the right direction. We want these children to be excited about education.”
The Rotary Club of Glastonbury donated back packs to the approximately 1800 first graders in the Hartford public school system this week. The Rotary Club purchased 1900 back packs with the intention of giving them to the first graders, with the remaining 100 bags to be given to homeless children irrespective of grade. Crayons, pencils, a ruler and note book were provided in each bag.
The Glastonbury Interact Club helped Glastonbury Rotarians stuff the bags with the school supplies last Saturday. Brittany Horton, the President of Interact club commented, “I am excited to have as our first project for the school year such a worthwhile project. We typically serve only our local community but it will be very satisfying to contribute to the needs of the Capitol City.”
On Monday, Rotarians delivered the bags to 24 of the 28 public schools for distribution to the first graders by the teachers on Tuesday. Rotarians delivered back packs to 4 of the larger schools (Rawson, Moylan, Fox and Clark/Sand) on Tuesday, passing them out to first graders at those 4 elementary schools.
The Rotary Clubs of Hartford, Farmington, and West Hartford each contributed to the cost of this project. Those funds were used to acquire the materials inside the backpacks.
In attendance to help were Donna Finocchiaro-chair, Craig Wellman & Scott Doughman-co chairs, Jim Masotti, Mary Pallos, Woody Baird, Jerry Grieveson, Kevin Flanagan, Steve Giamalis. Rotarians set up the food buffet, cooked in the pouring rain and served approximately 400 Sanchez School families and staff. Natasha Doughman was instrumental in coordinating and running doors door prizes throughout the event, to keep the children and families engaged.