During the last few months, children who participate in the Recreation Department’s afterschool enrichment program at the Nabnasset School have been learning about recycling and at the same time, began collecting cans and donations for charitable efforts.
Last year, the children held a "mitten tree" to purchase Christmas presents for four families in town. They also collected cans to buy a book for the library. And during the last month, the kids collected cans to raise money for the Dailys, a family that lost their home due to a fire in December.
The daily enrichment program is for kindergarteners through second-graders.
Geri Simons and Elizabeth Silva assisted the kids in coordinating the effort. On a poster, the children tacked hearts with their names on them for the cans that they collected. All told, more than 1,500 cans were collected for a total of $75 that was donated to the Daily family. Previous efforts have raised more than $11,000 for the family, according to a gofundme.com post.
“They love to do fundraisers,” Simons said of the kids.
The Daily family received a check from the group along with a note, according to Silva.
The kids have started a new fundraising effort for April, pennies for the pantry, which will consist of collecting pennies and later, boxed food items. Originally, they were going to collect pennies for a pizza party but decided to help the pantry instead, according to Simons.