CHS Class of 1990 gives back to frontline workers

CHS Class of 1990 gives back to frontline workers

Employees at Mount St. Rita’s in Cumberland accept coffee and pastries from members of Cumberland High School’s Class of 1990.

CUMBERLAND – With the community facing seemingly insurmountable challenges associated with the COVID-19 crisis, Cumberland High School’s Class of 1990 has stepped up to help.

Members of the class have raised a total of $3,500 in one week to give back to those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lynn Page, of Cumberland, said she was inspired by news of Cranston East High School’s senior class giving back by purchasing food for hospital workers, which in turn inspired other classes to do the same.

“It’s been 30 years that we’ve been out of school,” Page said. “I decided to post on social media to see if anyone would be willing to help.”

She offered three options for her classmates, asking whether they’d like to plan something for the staff of Cumberland’s Grandview Center and Mount St. Rita Health Centre, deliver pizzas to the town’s first responders, or collect donations for the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry.

The response was so overwhelming, Page and her classmates were able to tackle all three options.

“My senior class stepped up amazingly,” she said.

They raised enough funds to purchase more than $1,300 in groceries for the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry, delivered Honey Dew coffee and treats from Juliana’s Bakery to the 80-plus employees at local nursing homes, and pizza and wings to Cumberland’s fire and police personnel.

The pantry also received close to 400 boxes of food on behalf of the class of 1990.

“Because of us, they said every family is able to get cereal this weekend,” Page said.

Page, who runs a fundraising company, has dedicated her life to charitable endeavors, including Foxwoods Casino’s Stuff the Bus campaign.

Just as she was inspired by Cranston’s graduates, she said she hopes the efforts by Cumberland’s Class of 1990 inspire other classes to help out in any way they can.

“It’s been 30 years since we crossed the bridge at Tucker Field, and I felt that at this point we can do something for the town we came from,” she said. “We wanted to make sure this was Cumberland giving back to Cumberland.”

When someone in her class makes a donation, Page posts their senior photo on the class Facebook page. She said the campaign has helped reconnect her classmates.

“I’m not a girl who gets speechless often, but as the donations keep rolling in, I don’t even know what to say,” she said. “At the end of all of this, we’re just so happy to give back to where we grew up, and hopefully someone else will be inspired to give back in their own town.”

Lynn Page, of Cumberland, this year’s Elite New England American Woman of Service, kicked off a week-long campaign to give back to the Cumberland community’s frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic.