As in past years, residents of Charlestown will support schools by collecting supplies and raising funds for New Song Academy in Sandtown and Riverview Elementary in Halethorpe. This endeavor has provided much needed assistance for these two schools in the past. With another school year beginning in September, we are hoping our Charlestown residents will step up once again. The drive will begin on Monday, July 29 and continue through Monday, August 12, 2019.
New Song Academy, located in the heart of Sandtown, about six miles from Charlestown, is a small school of about 160 children from Pre-K thru 8th grade. Because this school serves a relatively poor section of Baltimore city and because the size of the school precludes funding for some of the necessities, The Charlestown-Sandtown-Connection has stepped in to help both students and staff. Last year, thanks to the generosity of our residents, we were able to contribute nearly two grocery carts full of supplies and a check for $2500! Both were taken to the school in mid-August. Each teacher received a portion of the funds so they could purchase items they specifically wanted for their classrooms. One of the teachers exclaimed that she had never been given money to spend on her classroom before!
Riverview Elementary, another school in need of our support, is situated five miles south of Charlestown in Halethorpe. The Erickson Living Values Team has collected supplies and funds for this school for many years. They were assisted by The Fab 40’s for several years. Last summer these two groups were able to donate several boxes of supplies and $1064 in funds to support both students and staff.
Please note that collection methods differ for the two organizations. On Monday, August 12, 2019, members of both organizations will be available at tables at Fireside, Cross Creek and the Terrace between 11 AM and 2 PM. Supplies or funds for both schools can be given at that time. Prior to that date, please call Donna Chesson for pickup of supplies for New Song. Donation boxes for supplies for Riverview will be placed at lobby desks during this time.
If you would like to donate funds, checks for New Song should be made out to “Charlestown-Sandtown-Connection” and can be sent to Dave Douds, Treasurer. For Riverview, make checks payable to “Riverview Elementary School” and send to Donna Ferrara. Both checks and cash will be accepted on August 12. Do not place either in donation boxes.
Requested supplies include, but are not limited to, the following: pencils, colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks, pencil cases, washable markers, post-it-notes, erasers, loose leaf paper, pocket folders, highlighters, blunt-end scissors, hand sanitizer, Kleenex. Check bulletin boards in late July and August for a complete list for each school.
Note: Contact information for residents listed above can be found in the Resident Directory on MyErickson.
Donna Chesson, Charlestown-Sandtown-Connection