Academic Resource Center Collects Rubber Ducks for Newtown Students
In response to the Newtown tragedy, the Elms College community lended support in a number of ways. The men's and women's swim teams wore caps honoring the victims at their January 9 meet; two alumni hosted a charity bench press competition; softball alumni participated in a charity tournament that raised $21,000. The Academic Resource Center (ARC)–which provides tutoring services for students seeking to improve their writing, research, and study skills–wanted to keep the giving spirit alive.
"We heard about the two police officers who keep watch over the Sandy Hook students at their new school in Monroe, Connecticut, and how they use rubber ducks placed around the school to make the children smile during this still-difficult time," said Coral Ruggiero '06, adjunct math professor and ARC tutor. "They quickly exhausted the original donation of 500 ducks, and were asking for more. We immediately thought of that great Elms heart."
For three days, rubber ducks were available on campus for a $1 donation. Some were already outfitted in swimsuits, chef hats, and sailor uniforms, while others were blank canvases for students, faculty, and staff to personalize.
Sometime this week or next, more than 360 ducks will be delivered to the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.