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Tanglewood Elementary School Teacher’s Kindness Closet Project is Finalist in Farmers Insurance Dream Big Competition

October 4, 2018

For several years, Tanglewood Elementary School reading teacher Jamie Metivier has been quietly collecting clothing, household items and other supplies for Tanglewood families in need.

From a pairs of boots to boxes of diapers or new sheets, Metivier has filled the “Kindness Closet” in the school through donations from colleagues and local families, and through her own purchases.

“There are already community organizations that help families with clothing and food, but household items such as deodorant, paper towels, dishes or cleaning products can be harder to find,” Metivier explains.

But now, after being selected as one of 15 Dream Big Teacher Challenge finalists in the national Thank America’s Teachers grant program through Farmers Insurance, Metevier and the South Glens Falls Central School District are in the running for a $100,000 grant that would change the way the district can support families living in poverty. Currently, the district’s poverty rate is 36 percent.

If Metivier’s grant is chosen as one of the top five, the money will be used to help build a freestanding structure for supplies and enable the district to offer household items to families who need them across all the schools. Grant money would also go toward a significant amount of supplies for families in need in our school community.

“We’re incredibly excited that Jamie was chosen as a finalist for the grant,” said Superintendent of Schools Kristine Orr. “Her vision to expand the ‘Kindness Closet’ is an example of the values and community spirit we work to teach out students.”

How can you help Metivier and the South Glens Falls CSD in the grant?

The 15 final proposals are open for voting through Nov. 3. An email address can vote once per day.

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