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The Lyme-Old Lyme IMPACT students participated in Canstruction again this year creating a giant, "Easy Button".  IMPACT is an acronym for Investigating Multiple Professions in Art, Culinary and Technology.  These students choose to take this class and learn about professions, and organizations outside of their everyday curriculum.  We are heavily involved in community service and outreach projects. 


This year there were 28 students involved in the Canstruction project along with the help of two architects from Centerbrook and Mrs. Caffrey the Technology Education/IMPACT teacher.  Melissa Arminio and Nick Ficaro were instrumental in getting the design to work and the kids were the key to the fundraising and ideas.  After deciding on a plan the kids went right to work to earn the money required to purchase the correct size, color and labels of cans we needed to make an, "Easy Button".  There were several campaigns.


The biggest event the student participated in was the PTO Activity Night.  Every year the PTO hosts a night of fun and games instead of a dance.  The IMPACT students provided different services for the night including, a Bake Sale, Bean Bag Toss, Dance, Dance Revolution Room, Guitar Hero Room and Tetris.  All the video games were played on the big screen and are always a hit.  The PTO then generously donates the proceeds of the night to Canstruction.  This year they raised $300.  They also had the bake sale with over 90 cupcakes, lots of brownies, and many cookies that were sold for $0.25 ea.  All food was made by the IMPACT students.  We raised almost $150. 


The students here at LOLMS are very generous and when we were asking for Bumble Bee Tuna the responded with about 100 cans.  They also participated in our Book Marks for Hunger Donation program.  The IMPACT student made book marks and were asking for any change in the lunch room in return for book mark.  The LOLMS Students came through to the tune of $100 in change and bills.   


The three captains; Emma Ballachino, Ryan Leary, and Jason Stankiewicz were outstanding in their execution of the building of the Canstruction Sculpture.  Their enthusiasm and heart are an inspiration to many.  They were also a key component of the fundraising for the can goods.   


These projects are only a few of the ideas that were used to raise funds for Canstruction 2008.  These kids truly showed how, "Easy" it is to donate.  Every can makes a difference.  Every person makes a difference.  The LOLMS team doesn’t do it to win a prize or any awards.  They do it because it is for an important cause.   


We would like to thank a few others for helping with donations; Stop and Shop of Old Saybrook, The Computer Lady, and Laysville Hardware.  


We can do it!


 Dontate!……..Stop Hunger!..........That was Easy!  






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