Warren can and bottle drive benefits Goshen family
Sophia Paul, a fifth-grader at Warren School and a member of the school's student council, sorts bottles during the student council's fundraiser Saturday for the Fitzgerald family of Goshen. BZ photos
A can and bottle drive orchestrated by the Warren School's student council on Saturday raised money for the family of Goshen School kindergarten student James Fitzgerald.
James is battling a brain tumor and has been receiving radiation treatments at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Proceeds from the drive will help the Fitzgerald family with costs associated with James' treatment.
Thousands of cans and bottled flooded the basement of the Warren Community Center and were sorted by members of the student council, student council adviser Missy Layman, Warren School Principal Angela Rossbach, Region 6 Board of Education member Barbara DiNicola of Warren, Tanya Wilson of Warren and other volunteers.
Cans and bottles were brought by Warren residents and residents of surrounding towns, including Goshen and Morris. A student from Wamogo dropped off $500 and cans and bottles, while the Cornwall Land Trust brought a truckfull of cans and bottles as did a resident of Riverton. James Fitzgerald and his family stopped to check things out later in the day.
Trucks of volunteers were used to haul sorted cans and bottles to the town's highway department garage, where they were transferred to town trucks for a trip to a redemption center in Watertown.
Warren School student Devagn Wilson places a bag of cans into the back of a truck outside the Warren Community Center.
Charlie Geyer of Warren carries bags of cans he donated.
Tanya Wilson of Warren was one of the volunteers assisting.
Chris Barone of Morris with Tanya Wilson, center, and Warren School Principal Angela Rossbach.
Tanya Wilson gets set to heave a bag of cans into a truck.
Michael DeLayo of Goshen donated $30 from his piggy bank.
James Fitzgerald, right, takes a spin with Tanya Wilson and student council members Devagn Wilson and Sophia Paul. Below, student council members take a break from their work. Contributed photos