EAST PROVIDENCE — Area cancer patients were recently the beneficiaries of some kindness on the part of students at the Hennessey Elementary School in city, who raised $2,500 through the “Pennies for Patients” program.
The youngsters collected pennies during the winter and the class that raised the most money, Kerri Vermette’s third graders, collected a small reward for kindness earlier this week.
As a motivational tool, a competition was held within the school between the grades. The winning class was allowed to make a request of school administrators. Ms. Vermette’s group, which garnered $473-worth of pennies, chose to have Hennessey Principal David Britto sit in a dunk tank, each student getting the chance to see Mr. Britto make a splash.
So on Tuesday, May 7, which fortunately for the principal turned out to be a balmy, 70-plus degree spring day, Mr. Britto entered the tank set up across the street from the Hennessey building on the grounds of Pierce Field. Ms. Vermette’s 24 third graders each got a crack at hitting the target.
The event was run in conjunction with the school’s monthly “Hennessey Heroes” assembly, which recognizes students that adhere to its code of conduct and excel in its positive behavior program.