Greenwich students go to class in pajamas to ‘symbolize support for children battling cancer’

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Pupils from several schools in Greenwich recently took part in ‘PJ Day’ – when they were able to wear pajamas to class while raising money for a good cause.

Having fun while raising funds was the goal of Sophie Lenschow, a 15-year-old leukemia survivor who organized the event. He raised $11,565 to help children battling cancer at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.

The idea behind PJ Day is for kids to highlight with other kids with cancer. And when they’re in the hospital, they usually wear pajamas all day.

“It was amazing to have so much support from my community at Old Greenwich and the schools that took part in this event,” said Sophie. “Not only did PJ Day symbolize support for children battling cancer, but it also symbolized all that could be accomplished when the community worked together.”

Students from Eastern Middle School, Old Greenwich School, North Mianus School and Central Middle School participated. Sophie also hopes to hold the event at Greenwich High School, where she is in second grade, on April 1.


PJ Day has been held across Connecticut since 2017, with participating schools raising over $1.4 million for CCMC.

Sophie’s goal is for PJ Day to become an annual event in Greenwich, which took part for the first time this year.

For more information about Sophie’s team and to donate, visit https://give.connecticutchildrens.org/team/403239.

Cos Cob

As residents volunteer to donate blood to address a critical shortage, the American Red Cross honors those stepping up.

The Metro New York North Chapter of the Red Cross, located at 99 Indian Field Road in Cos Cob, just off Interstate 95 Exit 4, works throughout the region to assist with blood drives, emergency response disasters and emergencies.

March is Red Cross Month, a national tradition that began under President Franklin Roosevelt in 1943.

“When emergencies strike, Red Cross community heroes spring into action with relief, care and hope – when and where they are needed,” said Metro NY North Chapter CEO Stephanie Dunn Ashley. “As we honor their dedication during our celebration of Red Cross Month, we ask that you join in their commitment to providing help and hope by donating, donating blood, volunteering or learning life-saving techniques.”

Residents can visit www.redcross.org and make a financial donation, volunteer, take a CPR or first aid course, and/or donate blood. The section is also seeking support for the Red Cross Giving Day campaign on March 23.

According to the chapter, volunteers make up 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce, “supplying its mission with blood and financial donors, community partners and people trained in lifesaving techniques. In the first two months of 2022 alone, the continued need for our support is underscored by the intensity of our work across the country. »

The Red Cross said nationwide, workers responded to help more than 37,000 people devastated by 10,000 home fires across the country. And during the national blood donation crisis, more than 600,000 blood and platelet donors donated.

“The Red Cross blood supply remains incredibly vulnerable, especially as doctors begin to resume elective surgeries previously delayed by omicron (COVID variant),” the Red Cross said. “It is essential that individuals plan to donate blood or platelets immediately to ensure that patients receive the care they need as soon as possible.”

Anyone who donates before March 31 will receive a $10 e-gift card from Fanatics for a chance to win tickets to the 2022 All-Star Baseball Game in Los Angeles.

Greenwich

Local businesses are being asked to join an effort to reduce food waste under a new initiative called the Greenwich Food Matters Challenge.

Waste Free Greenwich, in partnership with the City of Greenwich and the Center for EcoTechnology, has set a waste reduction goal by encouraging prevention, reuse and recycling efforts.

Local businesses will learn to throw away less food by adopting food saving practices such as donating excess food and recycling leftover food.

Companies that sign up will work with Waste Free Greenwich and the Center for EcoTechnology to identify how and when food waste is created; set waste reduction targets; and determine a strategy to reduce, reuse and divert food.

The changes can have an environmental and economic impact, Waste Free Greenwich said, as businesses will save money on food purchases and waste disposal.

Julie DesChamps, founder of Waste Free Greenwich, encourages local businesses to join the effort.

“Our community has successfully diverted over 100,000 pounds of residential food scraps from the waste stream,” DesChamps said. “Now Waste Free Greenwich and its partners are focusing on the commercial sector to further reduce the amount of food wasted and increase awareness. We are grateful for the support of city leaders and our partnership with CET, which will provide its expertise to local businesses free of charge. »

To participate in the Greenwich Food Matter Challenges, businesses must register at www.wastefreegreenwich.org/greenwich-food-matters-challenge by March 31.

The work will include an initial free site visit in April, followed by a 60-day challenge in May and June for participating companies.

“Participants will be required to agree to meet with CET and WFG staff for an initial visit and periodic follow-up checks,” Waste Free Greenwich said on its website. “Companies will also be asked to commit to three new actions that support waste reduction during this time and report on the results.”

Old Greenwich

The Perrot Memorial Library will host a unique virtual author conference with Phillip Goodrich and May Wutrich, an Old Greenwich resident who is an audiobook producer and director.

They will discuss the process of adapting and producing an award-winning complete production of Goodrich’s non-fiction book, “Somersett: Benjamin Franklin and the Mastermind of American Independence.”

The book is described as “part courtroom drama and part political thriller”. In the production, five actors played more than 30 historical figures from the country’s founding history.

James Somersett was the first slave freed by the British Supreme Court. Franklin and the London abolitionists worked to take this judgment and use it as “an important motivating factor in convincing reluctant slave owners to join the revolution”.

The recently updated and expanded book has been reissued in print and electronic editions. The audiobook won an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine, which also named it the best audiobook of 2021. This version is also a gold winner at the Hear Now festival; a finalist for the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences Voice Arts Awards in the history/biography category; and a 2022 Audie Publishers Association Audie Award finalist in the same category.

Audio excerpts from the book will be presented at the event at 7 p.m. on March 9. To register, visit http://perrotlibrary.org/events.html,

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