Kindergarten teacher, Teresa Ramia and Teaching Assistant Karen Zelem, accepted the Human Services Special Recognition Award at the Annual Human Services Volunteer Tea Volunteer Awards’ Ceremony. They accepted the award on behalf of their Kindergarten class for their project entitled “Kids Helping Kids”.
As part of the project, children traced their handprints and used the prints to decorate a large donation box. The children, with the help of family, friends and neighbors, then started to collect items such as children’s shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, body wash and washcloths and other toiletry items. As the boxes filled up, the class became more and more enthusiastic and motivated. When the project was completed, the box filled with toiletries was donated to the Woodbridge Human Services Department.
Mary Ellen LaRocca, Director of Human Services, could not believe how many items one class of Kindergarteners was able to collect. Ms. Ramia had this to say about the project and her students, “I am very proud of my class not only because of what they were able to accomplish, but more importantly because of the lessons they learned along the way. They now understand how important it is to give back to their community as well as how important it is to lend a helping hand to others.”
Ramia and Zelem also received a state citation from Senator Joe Crisco, presented by First Selectman Ellen Scalettar.