Middle Schoolers Show the Spirit of Giving

Paul Cuffee middle schoolers getting ready to deliver donated food to the Rhode Island Food Bank.

For many, the holiday season is a time to receive gifts, but at our middle school, the weeks before our holiday recess were a time to give back to the community.This year, our students donated over 1,300 food items for the school’s annual “Halt Hunger” food drive. The food drive, which has become an annual tradition at the middle school, was organized by 8th graders Mia Phrathep, Georgine Gibson, Audreys Rosario, and Camila Woel, with the assistance of 6th grade teacher Matt Black.In addition to donating food, students helped create posters publicizing the event, kept track of how many items each class donated, and even delivered items to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Students who helped deliver the food items were able to tour the Food Bank’s facilities and learn how the food is distributed to Rhode Island families.In recognition of the school’s contributions, the Food Bank honored the Middle School as a member of the “Half Ton Club” for donating more than 1,000 pounds of food.

Average Class Size: 20
Current Enrollment: 820
Students of Color: 96%
Female Students: 51%
Male Students: 49%
Free/Reduced Price Lunch Eligibility: 82%
Multi-Language Learners: 19%
Students Receiving Special Education Services: 13%
Total Employees: 168
BIPOC: 45%
Female Employees: 75%
Male Employees: 25%