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Rogers International School donates thousands of dollars to the ACS

By Stamford Public Schools

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Sadly, Rogers International School (RIS) lost two staff members to cancer this year – Ms. Padilla and Ms. Pollard. As a result, the school community came together to find multiple ways to raise money for the American Cancer Society in their memory.

In one instance, grade 3 student Chiara Fabiano convinced the Columbiettes, the women's auxilliary to the Knights of Columbus at Stamford’s Knights of Columbus hall, to allow her to hold a fundraiser during its monthly dinner in March. Chiara gave a rousing speech to the nearly 200 people in attendance, explaining her family’s connection to Ms. Padilla as well as family members lost to cancer and asking them to help raise funds to support cancer research so people would not need to die of this all too common disease. The group was so moved by Chiara’s poise and determination that they collectively donated $1600 toward the effort. A representative from the American Cancer Society will be at RIS at 10 am to accept the donation.

Another RIS effort involved a little healthy competition. Led by teachers Ms. Salvatore, Ms. Battinelli, Mrs. Dennison and Mr. Burdick, the Change Wars was a competition between the upper (5th - 8th grades) and lower (k- 4th) schools. The object of the Change War was to donate pennies to a team bucket (positive points) and to put silver coins and dollars (negative points) into the opposing team’s bucket.

The competition lasted 6 weeks and RIS set a goal of $1,000 thinking that if every student brought in $1 the school would be close to goal. After a week of fundraising, RIS was incredulous over raising more than $750...by the end of six weeks, the school raised $2,601.23, with the lower school winning the competition.

The Lower school will get to vote and choose the charity of its choice to donate to next year for the Change Wars. They also got to vote on a "special day" at school. This year, they voted on a colorful clothes day. The point of the colorful clothes day is to represent all the different forms of cancer. The RIS service club made multi-color bracelets because various cancer have different colors to represent them, and they wanted to represent all the different kinds of cancer.

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