NORTH KINGSTOWN—Do you take pride in your town? Are you looking to show off your spirit? You’re not alone.
The 11th annual Spirit Day will be celebrated at North Kingstown High School this Saturday, Mar. 19 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
“This is about good feelings, good friends and community interest,” said Spirit Day committee member Harriet Powell. According to Powell, the committee has been planning this day since November.
The goal of Spirit Day is not only to celebrate the spirit of the town, but also to promote local conservation and green energy. It's with that in mind that the 3rd annual “We Are Proud Of You” award will be held at the festival, with 10 nominees on the ballot who have been employing renewable energy strategies, planning on using renewable energy strategies, or selling products that encourage the use of renewable energy for their home or business.
Among the nominees for this year’s award are residents Lori Pederzani and Lance Chappelle; and businesses Caldwell and Johnson and Propaint Plus.
Pederzani has been utilizing the roof-mounted solar panels in her home, along with non-fossil fuel home heating. Chappelle is building a mounted wind turbine, which was bought from and installed by Propaint owner Tom Marsocci.
David Caldwell, meanwhile, is the process of building three energy-efficient homes in North Kingstown, a project which has toured by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse stated that “the fact that these homes are built with substantial and quantifiable energy savings...goes a long way to adding value to any home.”
The school will be bustling with exhibitions, shows and performers. The school's cafeteria will host Environmental Fair exhibitors such as URI Master Gardeners, the “rain barrel lady” Beverly O'Keefe, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the “happy cows and farmers” of Rhody Fresh.
In the gym, along the many exhibitions and displays will be Bouncies (courtesy of “Y” On the Move) as well as displays by the North Kingstown Rotary Club, Arts Council and Animal Shelter, along with face painting, caricatures by URI student Kate Stafford and the Little Dresses for Africa program.
The auditorium will feature the YMCA Dance Recital at 10 a.m., and the teacher's lounge will be host to Sparky's Puppets, “Trickster” and “Noodleheads.”
Working Together For Wellness will also show a locally produced film, “Before and After: Decisions, Directions and Destiny.” The film tells the story of the impact drug abuse has had on three local families.
“We try to mix it up every year,” said Powell.
Sponsors and financial donors include the North Kingstown YMCA, Senior Center and Arts Council, as well as the town police and fire departments; the Groundwater Committee and Working Together for Wellness, Centreville Bank, People's Credit Union, Dave's Marketplace, Washington Trust Bank and Bank Newport.
Attendees are requested to bring a non-perishable food item for the North Kingstown Food Pantry.