Newport City Wolf PACC making strides in connecting community and school

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NEWPORT — The Newport City Wolf Parent and Community Club (PACC), established at the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year, has been making significant efforts to strengthen the connection between parents, caregivers, teachers, and community members by encouraging involvement in the Newport City Elementary School.

Led by President Marissa Simoneau and Vice President Lindsay Gardyne, the PACC aims to enhance students’ educational experiences by supporting academic and enrichment activities, while also improving the school environment through volunteer work and financial support.

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Since its inception, the PACC has organized various initiatives, including a Snack Drive, Trunk or Treat, Wreath Fundraiser, Teacher Appreciation, Student Care Packages, and promoting Volunteer Sign Ups. The wreath fundraiser, in collaboration with Crystal Grenier of Lines and Designs Green House in Charleston, sold an impressive 397 wreaths, raising $2,209 for the group.

The PACC’s most recent fundraiser, a two-week-long St. Patrick’s Day-themed Penny War, far surpassed expectations. The competition between grade levels (PreK-6th grade) created a buzz throughout the school, with students enthusiastically participating in the fundraiser. First grade emerged victorious, winning a pizza party for their efforts. The Penny War raised an estimated $2,571.57, which the PACC hopes to use for end-of-year activities for the students.

Principal Aaron Larsen made the announcement over the intercom while volunteers were still in  the building and the cheers and excitement that came from the 1st grade hallway could be heard around that whole end of the building.

“Our community really rallied for our school, and it warms our hearts,” said PACC President Marissa Simoneau. “We want to give a huge thank you to the many volunteers, community members, parents, and staff members who helped on the final day to count the massive amount of change brought in by the penny war, as well as all of the families who brought in change and supported this fundraiser.”

The PACC’s success can be attributed to the dedication of its members, including Treasurer Mandy Howard and Secretary Brandie Taylor, who played crucial roles in coordinating the counting and delivery of the funds to the bank.

Looking ahead, the PACC plans to host a School Spirit Merch sale and is seeking businesses to join them for a local discount card sale. The group is always looking for more people to join their cause and welcomes sponsorships from the community.

As the Newport City Wolf PACC continues to bridge the gap between the school and the community, their efforts are creating a more inclusive, accessible, and enriching environment for the students of Newport City Elementary School.

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