Forest Avenue School

MIDDLETOWN — The following students received the Principal’s Award for outstanding effort for September:

• Kindergarten – Talitha Annurullah, Madden Reed, Max Sarkady and Daniel Silva.

• Grade 1 – Blaine Harvey, Marley Perry, Liam Smith and Jason Vira.

• Grade 2 – Kennedy Campbell, Issabella Carfora, Julia Cush, Caroline Kurtz and Cameron Lee.

• Grade 3 – Madison Almeida, Nyla Hollins, Izsabella Manley and Allison Moreland.

The following students were chosen for the Terrific Kids Award, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, for September:

• Kindergarten – Casey Barnard, Lilana Jenkins, Jade Nurse and Jayleigh Santos.

• Grade 1 – Ella Cochran, Jesus Gonzalez, Felicia Greenfield and Aiyana Toner-Peer.

• Grade 2 – Colin Agren, Gabriel McClurg, Elijah Patterson, Ciera Terpening and Ryan Ventura.

• Grade 3 – Jayden Arrue, Jaiden Lyons, Carlos Maldonado and Brystol Rodrigues.

Rocky Hill School

EAST GREENWICH — Bridget Vanderveer of Middletown and Manny Maldonado of Newport were amongst a group of 21 students from Rocky Hill School that traveled to Puerto Rico as part of a school service trip.

The trip was organized and planned by the school’s Interact Club, which is supported by the East Greenwich Rotary. Students researched nonprofits working on the island and selected three organizations to support: Puerto Rico Rises, Tania Soy Apiary and the Earthship Project, and Finca Hekiti Agroforestry Cacao Farm.

Students stayed in the Rincon area as guests of the Lazy Parrot, which provided free lodging to the student group. The students collected clothing and toiletries for Puerto Rico Rises and delivered them to the site, where they also sorted donations and packed care packages for residents in need. They returned a day later to deliver the packages and food to people in a shelter and to residents living in “The Forgotten Place” in Aguadilla. This is an area that still does not have power or water and is surrounded by damaged buildings.

Another day was spent visiting Tania Soy Apiary and the Earthship Project. Here students received the owners’ first-hand account of the devastation that occurred in the area, and how the community pulled together to provide each other food and shelter.

In addition, they learned about the Earthship Project, where the organizers are transforming part of the land into an Earthship training facility. Once completed, they will bring others from the island to the site and teach them how to create their own sustainable housing.

Finally, the students spent a day at Finca Hekiti Agroforestry Cacao Farm, clearing bush and plotting cacao tree planting sites. After they were done, the family shared a meal prepared with all the foods from the farm as a way to celebrate their new connection.

The team of students and the other Interact Club members made a pledge to keep their connection to the organizations and the island. Already this fall, a group of students hosted a coffee house to raise funds for Puerto Rico Rises. They will also look to find additional ways to support them through fundraising and promoting their cause on social media to bring awareness to the organizations.

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All Saints STEAM Academy

MIDDLETOWN — The following students were named Students of the Month for October at the All Saints STEAM Academy:

• Kindergarten – Esther Virgets.

• Grade 1 – Emily Batzle.

• Grade 2 – Mason Smith.

• Grade 3 – Eva Halloran.

• Grade 4 – Francesca Vidotto.

• Grade 5 – Aubrea Smith.

• Grade 6 – Simon Virgets.

• Grade 7 – Ava Smith.

• Grade 8 – Thomas Mozes.

The following students were named a Kiwanis Terrific Kid for October:

• Pre-School – Olivia Munoz.

• Pre-Kindergarten – Austin Camara and Raphael Chytka.

• Kindergarten – Xauri Caesar.

• Grade 1 – Laila Ring.

• Grade 2 – Lolwa Al-Kaabi.

• Grade 3 – Collin Camara.

• Grade 4 – Destynia Butler.

• Grade 5 – Tara Alaniz.

• Grade 6 – Tristan Thomas.

• Grade 7 – Kai Sanborn.

• Grade 8 – Brenna Butler.