Citizens students send a big thank-you to teachers

Citizens students send a big thank-you to teachers

Students in Jodi Michienzi’s 5th-grade class at Citizens Memorial Elementary School sit on the new teachers’ lounge furniture donated by Cardi’s after they sent a letter to the company.

WOONSOCKET – Students in Jodi Michienzi’s 5th-grade class at Citizens Memorial Elementary School got a lesson last week in how to make a difference in their school.

The students, who were learning about doing good deeds without expecting anything in return, wanted to do something nice for the teachers at their school. After hearing that Harris Elementary School had gotten a donation from Cardi’s Furniture, they decided to reach out and see if the company would redo their teachers’ lounge.

“We thought it would be nice for the teachers because they’ve done so much for us,” said Avalee Richard, a 5th-grader in the class.

The students measured the room and put their persuasive writing skills to work on a group letter signed by everyone in the class. After sending it off early last week, they were surprised to get an answer the following day from Peter Cardi saying he’d be glad to help them with their project.

On Wednesday, the company delivered a brand new couch and two dining room sets to replace the folding tables and mismatched chairs in the lounge. Students cleaned and decorated the room and prepared banners to thank the Cardi’s delivery drivers. They kept the gift a secret from their teachers until the furniture arrived.

Now settled in at the school, teachers are enjoying the new furniture, and students are trying to figure out what their next project is going to be. Every day, they keep track of their good deeds to remind them of the small and big ways they can help others.

“They are awesome and are beginning to see that we all make a difference,” said Michienzi.