Gear for grades at Citizens
To help children go back to school with the supplies they need to learn, Citizens Bank has launched its Gear for Grades initiative. Customers and the public are invited to donate new items such as pencils, folders, glue, notebooks and other school supplies at any Citizens Bank branch through Aug. 10. This year’s Gear for Grades program is in partnership with Back to School of Rhode Island, Coast to Coast Promotional Products and 92 PRO FM.
In addition to collecting school supplies in its branches, the Citizens Bank Foundation is giving a $30,000 grant to Back to School of Rhode Island to help support the purchase of 14,000 logo-free backpacks for local children in need.
According to a National Retail Federation survey, the average American family spent $603 in 2011 on back-to-school expenses. For low-income, at-risk or homeless families, the cost of even basic school supplies can be a burden. The supplies most in need include child-safe scissors, pencils, pens, erasers, pocket folders, spiral notebooks, crayons, washable markers, rulers, glue sticks, colored pencils, pencil boxes and index cards.
Share a Haircut
Children receiving a back-to-school haircut at the Hair Cuttery salon in Chapel View in Cranston during the first two weeks of August will be giving one back to a disadvantaged child in the community. Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, will launch its 13th annual Share A Haircut program to provide children in need with a fresh haircut to start the new school year.
From Aug. 1 to 15, every time a child receives a haircut at any of the Hair Cuttery salons in New England, including the salon in Cranston, a free hair cut will be donated to a disadvantaged child in the community. Hair Cuttery is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Eastern Providence to distribute the haircuts.
In addition to sharing haircuts through salon visits, this year Hair Cuttery fans can also donate haircuts through their social networks. Every time a fan shares the “Share a Haircut” Facebook application between now and July 31, Hair Cuttery will donate a haircut to a child in need. The application is now fully accessible at their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/haircuttery.
Recipe submissions now being accepted
HP Hood dairy company is now accepting recipe submissions for the fourth annual Hood New England Dairy Cook-Off. It was also announced that the amateur cooking competition would move from its previous location of Portland, Maine, to the Rhode Island Convention Center on Oct. 21.
The 2011 Grand Prize winner of $10,000 was Cranston native Dan Rinaldi, for his Surf and Turf Sliders with Maine Lobster Sauce.
The recipe contest is open to all amateur cooks from the six New England states. The Grand Prize winner will be awarded $10,000 and be featured in the 2012 New England Dairy Cook-Off recipe book.
Submitted recipes must be original and include at least one of the following Hood products: Hood Milk, Hood Simply Smart Milk, Hood Cream, Hood Sour Cream, Hood Cottage Cheese, Hood Country Creamer, Hood Eggnog and Hood Calorie Countdown. Contestants may enter one or more of the following five categories: breakfast/brunch, soups/chowders, appetizers/side dishes, lunch/dinner (entrée), and dessert.
Cooks can submit their recipe or find out more information by logging onto HoodCookOff.com. The deadline for entry is Sept. 10.
Gearing up for Flames of Hope
The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation is gearing up for the annual Flames of Hope weekend from Oct. 5 to 7. Flames of Hope has become the largest breast cancer/health awareness event in the Northeast, drawing more than 100,000 people into downtown Providence. This is the perfect venue to promote your organization, business or products and services to large numbers of people. A vendor marketplace is available for those who wish to register for a table. For more information, contact office manager and survivor Carol Ann Donnelly at 861-4376 or email her at email@example.com.
Academic News & Notes
Congratulations to Lindsay Dias of Cranston who has graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, with a Bachelor of Science degree in imaging and photographic technology from RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
Making the grade at Villanova University is Jenna Matisewski from Cranston, who was named to the Dean's List for the spring 2012 semester. Matisewski is studying mathematics and statistics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Congratulations to Marlene DiRaimo from Cranston, who has been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2012 semester at Elms College in Chicopee, Mass.
Did you know?
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. Did you know that each American consumes a yearly average of 23.2 quarts of ice cream, ice milk, sherbet, ices and other commercially produced frozen dairy products? More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.
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