Pine Point School Students Raise Over $1,000 in December

Students at Pine Point School raised more than $1,000 in December in funds and toys to donate to local charities.
Organized by Pine Point’s G.I.V.E. Committee (Generosity, Involvement, Volunteerism and Education), the efforts benefitted the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, Jonnycake Center in Westerly, and the Center for Hospice Care of Southeast Connecticut.
The G.I.V.E. Committee is an elected group of middle school students who organize all the school’s philanthropic efforts.
Projects were:
â?�A bake sale hosted by grades 2 and 3 that resulted in $750, which went to provide a happy Christmas for a family through the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.
â?�A toy drive benefiting Jonnycake Center in Westerly brought in more than 80 toys and $200 in gift cards for area children in need.
â?�A Dress Down Friday (students and staff bring in $1 and they get to ‘dress down’), raised $149 for Hospice.
David Smith, a Pine Point seventh-grade teacher and the school’s Service Learning Coordinator, said G.I.V.E.’s work reflects on the school’s philosophy of cultivating ‘strong minds, caring hearts.’
“I have been particularly impressed with their efforts to research the charities they fund, to present their research to the school community, and to follow up on their efforts,” Smith said of the G.I.V.E. Committee’s work. “These are compassionate, committed students who embrace their responsibility to give back to community.”