PEACE DALE â€“ To help those in need during these economic times, the South Kingstown Teacherâ€™s Union held its annual Have a Heart Fundraiser last month to support the local community.
The elementary school teachers, including West Kingston, Peace Dale, Matunuck, Wakefield and the Hazard Preschool raised $1,621 for the Johnnycake Center.
Broad Rock Middle School and Curtis Corner Middle School have raised money for the Womenâ€™s Domestic Center, while the South Kingstown High School teachers raised money for the Welcome House of South County.
This is the third year the teacherâ€™s union has held the fundraiser to raise money for the community.
As part of the fundraiser, many local businesses donated raffle baskets and prizes to the cause.
â€śWeâ€™ve had a great response,â€ť Nancy Cordy, a teacher from West Kingston Elementary School said. â€śAt West Kingston, we did raffles and went around to local merchants asking them to contributeâ€ť
Cordy said one businesses that helped make a difference was Orbieâ€™s on Main Street. Orbieâ€™s donated a free cup of coffee for a year as a raffle prize.
MaryBeth Schmitt, a teacher from Peace Dale Elementary School said teachers from Peace Dale had raffle ideas in the form of service, in which a teacher would volunteer to organize the desk or room of the winner.
â€śWe are very mindful of the economic burden that some of our own students and families are feeling at this time and we hope this will help in some way,â€ť Cordy said.