The candy makers are: (top row, from left) Chase Eppeers, Jessie Herman, Lucas Thors, James Cleary, Kennorn Veno, and Nicco Cardoza. (Bottom, from left) Michael Berube, Julia Guerin, Caroline Gazaille, Alice Kennon, Rae Filley, and Amber Bettencourt. Photo courtesy of Sandy Yerkes
Sweets for sail
The Edgartown School fifth-grade class is planning for their trip on the Shenandoah this summer and part of the plans include fund-raising. For a week earlier this month, 14 students melted, molded, wrapped, and bagged more than 1,000 chocolate candy pops with Valentine's Day themes. The tasty treats were then sold at the Stop and Shop in Edgartown "with amazing results," according to parent Sandy Yerkes who helped with the project. Ann Fligor helped with ordering the supplies and making the pops with the students on Feb. 4.
The Tisbury School collected an amazing amount of food in just one week. Photo courtesy of Veronika Vandegeer
Generosity by the bagful
When fourth-grade teacher Veronika Vandegeer sets a goal, she goes all out to achieve it. Her goal was to collect more bags of food for the Island Food Pantry than last year's total of 45. Ms. Vandegeer coordinated the Tisbury School food drive and this year's theme was "Share the Love."
The drive was held during the school week of Feb. 5 to 9. Ms. Vandegeer contacted the food pantry and found out what they needed. Then she asked each class to bring in food according to a theme. For example, the second grade donated spaghetti and sauce, while the middle school students brought in soup. Peanut butter and jelly, oatmeal, applesauce and the rest arrived all week long. The final tally, 60 bags of food. Congratulations to all the students at the Tisbury School.
The large box contains locks of hair, and the box is decorated and ready for its Valentine's Day postmark. (Bottom row, l to r) Jenna Gosson, Yara DaSilva, and Taylor Maciel; (center row, l to r) Hailie McCarthy, Joan Rice, Rita Jeffers, and Natalie Krauthamer; (top row, l to r) Jenna Silva, Nina Levin, Diane Reed, Erin Ducarr, and Alice Robinson. Photo courtesy of Rita Jeffers
Good hair day
When guidance counselor Joan Rice called The Times to tell us about students donating their hair to Locks of Love, reporter Aubrey Gibavic took the call. So impressed with the Tisbury student's generous spirit, Ms. Gibavic offered her own locks to the cause.
Kindergarten teacher Rita Jeffers donated her hair last year in honor of her sister's battle against cancer. Ms. Jeffers found herself answering lots of questions about the Locks of Love program and soon Tisbury students got together to donate their hair.
On Feb. 11, five students and one reporter went to Panache Salon in West Tisbury and each had a minimum of 11 inches of hair cut off. The donated hair was boxed up and mailed on Valentine's Day. Ms. Jeffers said there are girls who are growing their hair long so they can donate next year.
For more information about Locks of Love, visit www.locksoflove.org.