Dear P.A.W.S Families, I hope you are all enjoying another snow day at home! I have been hearing from friends with preschoolers at home that they are thankful for the fun activities, crafts and games found on Pinterest to keep their active children happy and entertained! We look forward to seeing everyone at school tomorrow if the weather cooperates. Please read the update below about the clothing drive we are holding over the next several days. If you have time to clean out your closets over the next few days, your donations of gently used clothing will be greatly appreciated. PAWS Kindergarten Registration is tomorrow! Wednesday, February 4, 2015 is “Kindergarten Round-Up” at PAWS Preschool. Those parents with children moving on to kindergarten next year are invited to bring registration forms and required documents to the Kindergarten Registration Round-Up between 10:00 AM -1:00 PM at PAWS. Clothing Drive: PAWS SLP Janet Schmidt will be taking her 5th volunteer trip to Nicaragua during February vacation. She is collecting gently used clothing to bring with her to share with the community. Please read more about it below. If you have some items you no longer need, please consider passing them on. We will be collecting clothing at PAWS for one week from Wednesday, February 4, 2015 until Wednesday, February 11, 2015. PAWS Speech-Language Pathologist Janet Schmidt will be co-leading a group of high school students from Sharon, MA during the February school vacation week to the Central American country of Nicaragua. The trip was organized with FNE International (fneinterational.org), a non-profit organization that promotes education and sustainable development in Nicaragua and Peru. This will be Janet’s 5th volunteer trip to Nicaragua, which is the 2nd poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Two students who went on a similar trip with Janet last February were so enthusiastic that they organized the current trip so they could return. The students have raised funds to build a brick house and outdoor oven for a family in the rural community of Chacraseca, which is just outside the city of León, Nicaragua’s third-largest city. Most of the week will be spent on building, and local builders will complete the work when the group leaves. The family contributes by helping with building as they are able, and by paying some of the costs through a loan program. The group will also visit some local elementary and secondary schools and visit some small businesses (pottery making, paper recycling) during the week. They are collecting gently used or new clothing to contribute to a periodic clothing bazaar, where the people of Chacraseca can select and buy (at very low cost) the clothing they need. They especially appreciate children’s clothing, as well as adult clothing suitable for a very warm climate (long sleeves and long pants are ok, as the nights can get cool). In order to sort and pack the donated clothing before the trip, please bring items by Wednesday, February 11, 2015 and place in the box provided at PAWS. Thank you! Thank you, Rebecca Zieminski
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