Released 20 November 2012
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BROWN BEARS SCORE VICTORY TO HELP
HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS
Food Drive at Achievement First Hartford
Academy Elementary School is a huge success!
(L-R The Salvation Army’s Major Lydia Pearson; 1st
Grade Teacher Ms. Mavrelis-Frenkel; the victorious Brown Bears Class; Ms.
Bovell, another 1st Grade Teacher; and Jeri Rivera, Office Coordinator,
kneeling in front of all of the collected food to help Hurricane Sandy
HARTFORD – The Salvation Army’s Major Lydia Pearson, Bridgeport
Corps Officer, was thrilled to see the large donation from Achievement First
Hartford Academy Elementary School children and their families to help
Hurricane Sandy victims along the Connecticut shoreline. “When The
Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters located in Hartford called and
said Achieve First wanted to hold a food drive to aid victims of the storm, I
was speechless. To think that these children wanted to reach out to those less
fortunate is truly a blessing. Obviously the children are being educated
properly and I cannot thank them enough for their tremendous help,”
sincerely exclaimed Major Pearson.
The school held a contest to see which class could bring in the most food items. In the end, a total of 1,733 items were collected, and the Brown Bears topped the list with 363 items! Jeri Rivera, Office Coordinator at the school, said, “A huge shout out to the Bears for such a great job! Everyone did amazing work and we’re so proud of the students for being so dedicated and supportive. I also want to thank the staff for getting the word out to our families. They are great role models for the children and their support and dedication means everything.”
The school, located on Greenfield Street in Hartford, is part of former
Superintendent Steven Adamowski’s ambitious reform plan for Hartford
Public Schools. There is a tremendous focus placed on reading, which occupies
three hours of instruction per day, broken into alternating blocks of small
group instruction. Teachers and students start the day with Morning Motivation,
which includes recognition of exemplary REACH (Respect, Enthusiasm,
Achievement, Citizenship and Hard Work) and a school-wide song to put all
students on track to have a successful day of learning. At Achievement First
Hartford Academy Elementary School, teachers do not just preach constant
learning, they practice it. Every teacher has a coach who they meet with on a
weekly basis to identify strengths and develop strategies for their own
improvement. A great school and a great food drive!