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Hopkins Hill Student Collects Items for Animal Shelter

March 31, 2012

Fourth grader Jacob Matarese was able to collect items for the Providence Animal Rescue League. Jessica Boisclair. Kent County Daily Times.

COVENTRY — A fourth grader at Hopkins Hill Elementary School used his birthday as a chance to raise money and collect donations for the Providence Animal Rescue League.

Jacob Matarese let his mom know after Christmas that he would like to collect donations from family and friends instead of receiving birthday gifts.

“He said he got so much for Christmas, he thought that would be a better alternative for his birthday,” said Jacob’s mom Tara Matarese.

Soon after his birthday, on Feb. 4, the school was informed of the good deed Jacob was doing and the entire school chipped in to help.

“The second I walked out of the office everybody was cheering for me,” said Jacob with the look of excitement on his face. “Even the kindergartens were cheering. When I walked into the art room for one second all of them were whispering, ‘that’s Jacob Matarese.’”

Jacob, who is a Feinstein Junior Scholar, held his first fundraiser for the American Heart Association when he was in second grade.

His mom explained that in 2010 his school held a jump rope for heart event. Once Jacob saw the video of children with heart problems, he told his mom he wanted to donate to the cause. During this time he was able to raise more than $300.

“It worked out really well last time and I helped a lot of people so I thought, why not do it again this time for the animals,” he said.

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