School supply gift bags go to teachers in Region One
SHARON— Demonstrating community spirit, two local residents distributed gift bags filled with essential school supplies to teachers throughout the Region One School District, anticipating the beginning of a new school year.
Dave Fairty of Sharon and Megan Mollica of Cornwall Bridge Gardens distributed 24 large gift bags on Sunday, Aug. 21. Fairty bought the supplies and Mollica donated a small easy-to-maintain cactus plant to go with each bag, destined for the teachers’ desks for students to enjoy.
Gift bags included pens, pencils, markers, staples and more. Although teachers each year have a small budget to purchase supplies, more supplies are always needed, and Fairty stepped up to help.
Fairty had learned of a similar project in Florida and resolved to do the same for local teachers.
Practical, hands-on philanthropy is not new to Fairty, a significant Kent retailer for 30 years. Along with former business partner Anne McAndrew, he founded the Kent Holiday Champagne Stroll to benefit local organizations in partnership with the Kent Chamber of Commerce. In the second year of the Stroll, proceeds were channeled to the Kent Social Services Department to fund the beginning of the Kent Diaper Bank.