Pupils at Sowams School in Barrington dropped $800 in dimes for the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Students collected the dimes in their homerooms in 16-ounce plastic water bottles. The pupils gathered in the school cafetorium recently to present the “big check” to Make-A-Wish.
Dropping the dimes was the Helping Hands Project for second-graders at the school this year, said Jessica McDonnell, the second-grade teacher coordinating the project. Make-A-Wish is the doundation that grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
“We asked the pupils to do a good deed or a chore at home for $1, to be paid in dimes,” said McDonnell. “And then bring the money to school.”
The more good deeds done, the more dimes collected. Each good deed was posted on a paper cloud cutout in the hallway near the office just inside the front entrance.
Among the good deeds written on the clouds:
- Cleaned room and cleared the table
- Helped to cook
- Fed the cat and dog
- Set the table and washed dishes
- Cooked for the Super Bowl
- Played nicely with my brother
- Loaded and unloaded the dishwasher
- Babysat baby brother
- Filled the firewood holder
- Cleaned dad’s workshop
- Brought groceries into the house
- Read to my brother
- Cleaned the fishbowl