Academy Hill School students celebrate Hannaford partnership

0
4389
Fourth grade students at Academy Hill School in Wilton celebrated a long-term partnership with Hannaford Supermarket in Farmington Monday. Pictured are students in Brenda LaVerdiere, Marissa Dyar and Morgan Badeau's classes with store managers and a representative from the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, in back.

By Ann Bryant, Staff Writer

WILTON — Fourth graders at Academy Hill School celebrated a longtime partnership with the Farmington Hannaford Supermarket Monday.

They also presented a $2,380.35 check to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

Eight managers from the Farmington grocery store, parents and Meaghan McNamara, representing the Portland hospital, listened as the students sang a song about the partnership, one that was written by a fourth grade student 30-years ago.

The program was started by fourth-grade teacher Brenda LaVerdiere as an effort to help the community but mostly to answer the student’s “why and how” or questions about how things work in real life, she said.

It is an interdisciplinary lesson that includes subjects such as math, English, spelling and even technology, she said.

As part of the partnership, Hannaford managers come to the school in October to teach the students about the five P’s of marketing, teacher Morgan Badeau, said.

Fourth grade students at Academy Hill School in Wilton celebrated a long-term partnership with Hannaford Supermarket in Farmington Monday. Pictured are students in Brenda LaVerdiere, Marissa Dyar and Morgan Badeau’s classes with store managers and a representative from the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, in back.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

The students then go to the store for a tour. Afterwards they write a five paragraph essay on why they would like to get a specific job and fill out an application, she said. During February and March, students in the three fourth- grade classes job shadow at the store.

Teacher Marissa Dyar’s class also participated.

Along with the jobs at Hannaford, the students held two fundraising events. They raised $600 from marketing the fundraiser called “Pie in the Face.” The winner of a raffle was allowed to put a pie in to the face of Academy Hill School Principal Keith Acedo.

A second fundraising event involved a Read-a-thon where students raised pledges to read so many pages or for a certain amount of time.

The students raised the most funds this year for the Barbara Bush Foundation. In previous years, students raised $1,600 for the Western Maine Children’s Museum and $2,000 last year for the Travis Mills Foundation, LaVerdiere said.

McNamara, Philanthropy development coordinator at the hospital, thanked the students for their donation as she accepted a large, symbolic check.

Two fourth-graders at Academy Hill School in Wilton present a symbolic check for $2,380.35 to Meaghan McNamara, representing the receipient, the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. The students held two fundraisers along with their work program at the Hannaford Supermarket in Farmington.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

There are 38,000 unique births every year in Maine that require medical attention and hospital stays such as those at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, she said.

She also assured the students that none of the funding they raised would go toward salaries.

“We do things we would not normally do for patients and their families,” she said.

A couple years ago, donations allowed the hospital to purchase Angel One, a large ambulance that is big enough for two incubators and five specialists to be there to work on the babies, she said.

The cost, $200,000, but a little bit of money from here and there adds up, she said.

She also told the students about a large fish tank set up in the atrium at the hospital where patients can go for programs. But, some children are not well enough to leave their rooms.

Donations, like this, helped them buy a fish tank on wheels, one that go in to children’s rooms and even stay for a sleep over with the patient, she said.

Farmington Hannaford Supermarket managers enjoy a presentation by fourth graders at Academy Hill School in Wilton Monday.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

During their program Monday, the students told about their experiences working in the deli, bakery, produce and meat departments or serving as a check-out clerk.

Each student shared what they learned through the experience as a precept. Many included themes of kindness, respect and work ethics.

Some precepts voiced included: don’t just think about yourself; work hard even when no one is watching; respect the elders and protect the youth and always be kind – kindness spreads.

The partnership and work at Hannafords also taught them, for example, to help customers, provide good food that is good for them and good service, help people get what they want, weigh and measure fruit bowls and to have fun.

abryant@sunmediagroup.net

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here