5th grade students at RMCS visit the Ronald McDonald House

Rick Marcotte Central School Students Reach Out

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Thursday June 13, 2013

As another school year comes to a close it is time to reflect on some of the year end community support activities in which the students at Rick Marcotte Central School participated. 

One of the community service activities that runs throughout the year is the school’s own “Schoolmate Store”.  Started in 1996 under the direction of 5th grade teacher Annick Cooper, the store is run by the 5th grade students.  All proceeds support charitable causes in the community that the students have chosen. Running the Schoolmate Store has allowed students to learn about marketing, sales and accounting. The store offers a unique variety of pencils, eraser tops and other useful school supplies.  It is really a creative community service project that is shared throughout all grades at RMCS.  

During the past few months, the 5th grade students have been working hard crafting “Pop Tab” bracelets to offer at the “Schoolmate Store”.  The students thought of the idea of making bracelets out of pop can tabs during their annual community supported bottle drive collection in May.  Thanks to the community, the students collected enough cans to make the bracelets.  In turn, some of the proceeds supported a fundraising effort for the local Ronald McDonald House.  Their efforts truly made a difference; the support provided assistance that will allow for several nights of lodging at the Ronald McDonald House to families in need. It is such a wonderful experience for every 5th grade student to be involved in several community service projects throughout the school year.  
There are always ways for the students at RMCS to become involved in supporting different charitable organizations.  For example, third grade student, Sierra Fisher wanted to offer support to a local animal shelter.  After adopting her family dog Kendall from a local shelter, she felt that there was so much more that could be done to help local shelters find forever homes for their animals.  In discussing the idea with 5th grade teacher Bobbe Pennington, the idea of a Staff Bake sale became a reality.  Students were able to purchase yummy treats made by the RMCS staff.  All the proceeds supported the Addison County Humane Society.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer!  http://central.sbschools.net/pto/

SOURCE: Julie Brancato, RMCS PTO