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Stafford students raise money for Child First Advocacy center

After the Stafford Technical Center Forestry and Natural Resources Program offered the Stafford SADD Chapter a cord of wood, the SADD Chapter raised $250 through a raffle for the wood, and the money was donated to the Child First Advocacy Center of Rutland. The mission of the Child First Advocacy Center is to provide a safe and supportive environment to assist victims and their families in the discovery, intervention, treatment and prevention of child sexual abuse. The funds will be used to provide toys, snacks, and other items to make the center more of a comforting place for young victims. The SADD members decided to raise money for the center after visiting the center last year, and hearing from the Center's Executive Director Wendy Loomis.

The Forestry students will be cutting, splitting, delivering, and stacking the cord of wood at the home of Stafford Technical Center's Outreach Counselor, Peg Bolgioni. The Forestry students, who are under the direction of Instructor Mark Raishart, are Otter Valley Union High School students David Fernandes, Nick Coolidge, James Greeno, Nathan Brown, Tyler Laughlin, and Phil Taylor, Mill River Union High School student Nate Corey, Rutland High School students Hannah Poljacik, Abigail Lancour, Jonothon Smith and Jordan Palmer, West Rutland High School student Tyler Bathalon, Poultney High School student  Nathan Decker, and Fair Haven Union High School student Justin Campanelli.

The Stafford SADD Chapter's Project Director was Mill River Union High School student Trisha Bush; she was assisted by Logan Clark from Rutland High School. Other

SADD members who were involved were: Poultney High School students Alison DeRoy, Tyler Manning, John Blanchard, and Brenda Corbett, Otter Valley Union High School students Zach Field, Brandi Heath, Cassy Sourdiff, and Porsche Lowell, Rutland High School students Amber Fischer, Justin Franklin, Vincent Venturella, and Bryan Raiche, Fair Haven Union High School student Joel Galvin, and Mill River Union High School students Roger Brown, Aleea Dauphinais, Chelsea Fitzgerald, and Dustin Stone.  The students made a presentation of the check, a jumbo version of which was made by Digital Arts student Robin Williams, to Wendy Loomis.

Tagged: Stafford Technical Center, Natural Resources