NEWPORT, R.I. – Summer time fun may have been the theme of the last dance of the semester in Ochre Court on Friday, May 4, but student organizers had a more worthwhile purpose – to raise money for the city’s most needy families.
Members of Salve Regina’s Student Government Association (SGA) and Multicultural Student Organization (MSO) who organized the last call dance, “Summer Time Rewind,” donated all proceeds to help families with children attending Sullivan Elementary School at Triplett, located at 435 Broadway.
Students who attended the dance raised $1,000 toward the cause, and organizers purchased 10 Stop & Shop gift cards, each valued at $100, to donate to the school.
On Monday, May 7, MSO members Rose Albert, a sophomore biology major from Haiti, and Lynsey Wolf, a sophomore ADJ major from North Attleboro, Mass., joined MSO advisor, Dr. Debra Curtis to meet with Sullivan School principal Mare Schulz and Mark McKenna, family services coordinator for East Bay Community Action Program, who is stationed at Sullivan School, to make the presentation.
McKenna accepted the gift cards and will be responsible for distributing to the school population’s most needy families.
In addition to Curtis, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology, the MSO is advised by Ralph Tavares, associate director of admissions and coordinator of multicultural student recruitment. The SGA advisor in Jen Jensen, assistant dean of students.
PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured from left, Mark McKenna, family services coordinator for East Bay Community Action Program who is stationed at Sullivan School, accepts 10 Stop & Shop gift cards, each valued at $100, from Salve Regina students Lynsey Wolf and Rose Albert.