In my continuing series of articles on North Kingstown High School senior projects, I can’t help but think of the totality of these projects. Yes, the project is school work and the senior is learning organizational skills, business and marketing practices, and communication skills. But there are many more layers to the long term benefits which these seniors will take with them throughout their lives, whether they enlist in the military, go to college, or jump right into the workforce. Understanding a cause, embracing it, involving the community to help spread the message, and of course donating time and money to worthy charities are just some of reasons why these projects are so personal and so special.
I recently interviewed senior Shay Greenman, who is hosting a “Fashion Show for A Cause” event for her senior project. The event date will be March 18th at 4:00 pm at North Kingstown High School auditorium. The order of events will be welcome statement, 1st walk, raffle, 2nd walk, then a closing statement. Tickets will be $5.00 each and are available for purchase ahead of time from Shay by contacting her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is an excerpt from our conversation:
Hello there, nice to meet you Shay. Sounds like a fantastic project. Why did you chose this particular charity or cause?
I chose the Ronald McDonald house in honor of my best friend since the second grade Kaitlyn Natal. She has battled kidney disease her whole life. A little over a year ago, she had a kidney transplant at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. It means a lot to me to donate to this charity in honor of Kaitlyn.
What would you like people to know about the Ronald McDonald House?
Hasbro and the Ronald McDonald House treated Kaitlyn and her family with respect and were very accommodating. All the money will be donated to The Tarbox family and the Ronald McDonald House at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence.
What is the connection with the Tarbox family?
I choose to donate to The Tarbox family because I am best friends with Samantha Tarbox. She recently lost her mother Kim Sullivan Tarbox to cancer. The Tarbox family will use the money to make a garden at their new home in honor of their mother.
Shay, best of luck with the fashion show. Great project and great cause. I encourage everyone to contact Shay Greenman at email@example.com to learn more about the event and to buy your tickets. Event is set for Saturday, March 18th at 4:00 pm.
Here is more information on the Ronald McDonald House from Nicole Anderson, Director of Development & Communications:
- “The Ronald McDonald House of Providence is the only organization in the Rhode Island to provide a Home to families with critically ill children. RMH Providence offers 28 private bedrooms, each with private bath. Additionally, we offer a full kitchen, home cooked meals each night, laundry, family room and fitness room, all just steps from Women & Infants, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital To provide these services, it costs approximately $150 per night. We do ask families for a $10 nightly contribution however, no family is ever turned away for inability to pay. In addition to the House, we have the Ronald McDonald Family Room on the 4th floor of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The Family Room offers parents a non-clinical respite within the hospital, giving them free access to computers, laundry, coffee and snacks. Each year we must raise approximately $1.4 million to provide the services that allow families to spend additional time with their sick child. We receive about 10% of our budget from McDonalds related sources with the remaining coming from our great community of supporters including foundations, business and individuals including students like Shay. We are tremendously thankful to all who contribute and help keep families close when it means the most.”
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