Barrington students know how to help others

Barrington Middle School students recently assembled 300 snack packs for the homeless in Providence. Barrington Middle School students recently assembled 300 snack packs for the homeless in Providence.

Barrington Middle School students recently assembled 300 snack packs for the homeless in Providence.

Barrington Middle School students recently assembled 300 snack packs for the homeless in Providence.

Barrington Middle School students know how to help others.

In the last few years, boys and girls at the school have collected canned goods for a nearby food pantry, raised money to purchase mosquito nets for people in Haiti, donated winter clothes and toiletries for the less fortunate, and this year they assembled snack bags for homeless people in Providence.

Students in the school’s community service club recently completed the project by donating approximately 300 snack bags to the Amos House in Providence where they will be distributed to local homeless people. Maura Fay and Jennifer Sapolsky, parents of local students, came up with the idea.

Barrington Middle School teacher Connie Oswald said the club is already working on its next project — toiletry kits for the less fortunate.

“We could use both trial size and regular size items such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes and razors,” Ms. Oswald wrote in a recent email. “This appeal could be effective with people in town who travel a good bit and collect trial-sized shampoo, soap, etc. from hotels.”

Residents are asked to drop off any collected toiletry items at the middle school office later this month.

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