With the money raised by the sale of 100 trees in the holiday season, the Newtown Middle School and Reed Intermediate School Interact Clubs are set to donate $125 to each of 20 foundations in memory of the children who lost their lives 12/14.
As NMS Interact Club advisor Bruce Moulthrop wrote in a letter to family members of the Interact Club members, the two clubs encourage students to become active members of the community through service and volunteerism. Each year, Mr Moulthrop explained, “the clubs choose various projects and activities that either provide a community service or raise money for a charitable cause.”
This school year, the NMS and Reed clubs, which are sponsored by the Newtown Rotary Club, joined forces to sell Christmas trees that had been donated by a local family; 100 trees were sold at Reed Intermediate School this past December, and, according to Mr Moulthrop, $2,500 was raised.
“This year the club members voted to donate to the organizations that were created in memory of the 20 children that were lost on 12/14 in Sandy Hook,” Mr Moulthrop wrote. “They selected just the children’s groups with the focus of children raising money to help children and families.”
Checks were ready on the final day of the 2013-14 school year to send to the varying organizations, and members of the NMS Interact Club gathered to commemorate the event. According to Mr Moulthrop the donations will be sent to Newtown Kindness (Charlotte H. Bacon), What Would Daniel Do? (Daniel Barden), Newtown Park and Bark in memory of Olivia Engel, the Doug Flutie Jr Foundation for Autism in honor of Josephine Gay, the Anna Grace Marquez-Greene Music Scholarship Fund, Dylan’s Wings of Change (Dylan Hockley), the Madeleine Hsu Memorial Fund, Newtown Animal Center in honor of Catherine V. Hubbard, the Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund, the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation, the James R. Mattioli Memorial Fund, the Fairfield Country Community Foundation in honor of Grace A. McDonnell, the Emilie Parker Art Connection, the Jack A. Pinto Charitable Gift Fund, the Noah Pozner Memorial Fund, the Caroline Previdi Foundation, the Jessica Rekos Foundation, the Avielle Foundation (Avielle Richman), Ben’s Lighthouse (Ben Wheeler), and the Allison Wyatt Memorial Fund.