SOUTHINGTON â€“ Southington High School students are getting involved in Southington STEPSâ€™s Good Deeds Week April 3 through the 8.
Gabe LeBlanc, Steps Board member, has been working on having the freshman class volunteer this week as part of a class wide initiative through STEPS.
â€śIt is great to see the freshman class and others at SHS get involved in helping the community and giving back,â€ť STEPS Board Member and Teacher Gina Tremaglio added â€śKindness is so important. It can connect, it can heal, and it can impact any one of us at any time. The best thing about kindness is that it costs nothing, but makes such a difference. I love Good Deeds Week because it reminds me that kindness starts here, with me. Iâ€™m grateful to live in a community that makes me feel valued and loved. Kindness does that.â€ť
Tremaglio and LeBlanc have helped plan some town-wide opportunities for student and community members that include:
. Monday, April 2, 2018 - Help the patients at the Hospital of Central Connecticut by donating new coloring books and crayons, magazines, and other activity books such as word searches and crossword puzzles. Donations can be dropped off at the main entrance any time during standard business hours, or at the emergency department after hours. The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Campus is located at 81 Meriden Ave.
. Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - Bring donations of individually packed goldfish, pretzels, fruit snacks, and crackers to benefit students facing hunger to Bread for Life between 2 to 5pm and get a tour of their new facility. Bread for Life provides food, fellowship, and dignity to those in need in our community. It is located at 31 Vermont Ave.
. Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - Come to the Arc of Southington any time after 2:30 p.m. to help beautify their entrance by planting flowers and laying mulch. The Arc of Southington is a human service agency that provides advocacy, education, and services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families. The Arc of Southington is located at 201 W. Main St. in Plantsville.
. Thursday, April 5, 2018 - Gather your gently used books to donate to the Friends of the Southington Library Bookstore from 2 to 5pm. Proceeds from the sale of books are used to fund the needs of the Library and scholarships for Southington students. The Friends Bookstore is on the lower level of the Southington Public Library, which is located at 255 Main St.
. Friday, April 6, 2018 - Play memory card games with the senior residents at The Orchards at Southington at 2 p.m. The mission of The Orchards is to promote a lifestyle which allows residents to age in place while supporting independence. The Orchards is located at 34 Hobart St.
. Saturday, April 7, 2018 - Visit the YMCA Camp Sloper from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help with spring clean-up. YMCA Camp Sloper is located at 1000 East Street in Southington. Or, help clean up the Rails to Trails with Southington High School students from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Meet at the back parking lot of the YMCA at 29 High Street in Southington and dress accordingly. The Southington Rails to Trails pathway is part of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.
. Sunday, April 8, 2018 - Volunteer at For Goodness Sake from 12-3pm to organize donations, help clients, move furniture, and more. For Goodness Sake is a volunteer-run nonprofit that provides direct aid to individuals and families making the transition from homelessness to independent living. For Goodness Sake serves families of Southington and is located at 273 Riverside Ave. in Bristol.
For more information about how to participate in Good Deeds Week with STEPS or for volunteer opportunities, contact Kelly Leppard at SouthingtonSTEPS@gmail.com or 860-276- 6285.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.