September 2007 Newsletter (PDF/816K)
Supplies for School Kids
Youth & Young Adults with Disabilities "Pay It Forward"
RRIE is launching a service-learning series to connect youth leaving school and young
adults with a range of abilities to each other and the world through service.
Participants will gather weekly this fall and next spring to participate in meaningful
volunteer experiences at our accessible facility in Providence. There they will explore the needs of community groups and help to meet those needs by fulfilling useful service projects—while gaining new skills.
Students will choose products such as journals, bookmarks, pillows, cards, and kits for others to make—once to keep, once to give. They will decide among themselves where to donate their work.
Cove & Sargent centers; CITE, N. RI & W. Bay collaboratives; Cornerstone & Providence Center schools; & Spurwink. Program developer: V.E. Law. Funding: John E. Fogarty Foundation.
Forging an Early Learning Partnership with R2LP
Ready to Learn Providence and RRIE together are building professional development opportunities for Providence family child-care providers.
Workshops reflect R2LP's vision of all children in Providence entering school healthy and ready to learn, and RRIE's commitment to encouraging self-discovery through active
participation in creative learning experiences. Goals include developing providers as leaders and workshop facilitators; increasing RRIE workshops in Spanish and providers
taking advantage of RRIE resources; supporting El Club de Provedores Infantil; and helping providers' with state licensing. Hands-on and project-based, workshops range
from math and science to expressive arts; and from health to diversity.
R2LP also is offering Recycle Center membership at a reduced rate to affiliated family child-care providers.
(Initial funding: Dexter Donation.)
Cranston East H.S. & Africa
Cranston East high school students with special needs have been meeting at the
Recycle Center to make educational kits for children in Africa.
Students have made portable felt boards with numbers and letters to stick to them. The
non-profit Africa Reads plans to send these along with 20,000 donated children's books to a bicycle-powered library in Arua, Uganda.
Students have gained a sense of responsibility and purpose. They've found out that what they do does matter and how others may benefit. And they've learned
job/communication skills, as well as something about African cultures.
To find out more about this service-learning and other programs, visit www.africareads.org.
RRIE has donated school supplies for Citizens Bank's "Tools for School" program for disadvantaged children
since it began in 2003. This year we helped coordinate getting and stuffing 6,500 backpacks, gaining valuable exposure to many new community groups and organizations throughout Rhode Island.
J&W Serves and Learns
Johnston & Wales graduate students reached out to prospective RRIE members and donors last semester. They generated a variety of promotional materials;
analyzed and increased our materials-donor database; and instigated an on-line payment method—with immediate results!
New Horizons at RRIE
We value your input and rely on your direction to improve our efforts! We're looking for member feedback—if you get a (short) member-satisfaction survey while shopping or
on-line, please do take the time to tell us about your experiences here.
New materialsSTRAPPING — black nylon with plastic grip buckle — ½" wide & 58" long. . . .
NECKLACE STRANDS — plastic Mardi gras bead strips fused on string in opaque &
translucent colors and various faceted shapes.
FELT BOARDS work in the classroom — no glue, staples, tape… The felt sticks to boards and is easily moved. Use our die cutter to make letters, numbers, shapes — we've got it all!
- VolunteersWe could not exist without you! The work is therapeutic as well as rewarding materials-wise. Visit www.rrie.org for details.
- Workshop instructorsJoin a dynamic team providing an invaluable service to R.I. teachers. Especially wanted in the sciences and the environment.
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