Author: Sylvia Saunders
Source: NYSUT Communications

Early this spring Rome Free Academy senior Jordan Purrington was shocked when her mom, a monitor at Staley Elementary School, came home and told her a student wasn’t coming to school because he didn’t have proper shoes.

“It broke my heart but it also motivated me,” Jordan said. “There are so many kids in our community who are struggling to obtain basic necessities.”

Working with the union-led Connected Community Schools network, Jordan didn’t just get shoes for the young student. Thinking bigger, she organized a “Coins for a Cause” community fundraiser to establish an ongoing emergency fund for students…Read More >>