In an initiative launched in the spirit of 2012-2013 Center of Peace, Equity and Justice through Service theme—The Power of One—we are asking for a nomination of a student, daughter, teacher, alumna, colleague or friend. Our Lincoln community is filled with people who give of themselves both in and out of school. We want to know about significant accomplishments so that we can recognize these achievements.
When I hear the phrase “lead by example” I think of Jim Casey. Serving as the parent co-chair for the Annual Fund Committee is only one of the many ways that Jim’s volunteer work benefits the entire Lincoln community. As a Lower School class rep and the newly affirmed Vice-Chair of the LSPA, Jim is thoroughly engaged in the life of our school. This year, his tireless efforts to educate and involve current parents to support the Annual Fund has helped many families reach a better understanding of what the Annual Fund does and how their contribution makes a difference, inspiring them to make their gift – some for the very first time. With Jim’s energy and enthusiasm, it’s not surprising that Kindergarten was one of three Lower School classes [along with Grades 1 and 2 – thank you Lauren Motola-Davis and Kendall Brown!] to achieve 100% parent participation – a record for Lincoln!
Jim’s commitment to Lincoln reflects his belief that as a community we need to give back in order to go forward. Lincoln is fortunate to have many parents, like Jim, who so willingly give of their time and talent in support of our students, our teachers, and our school. Thank you, to all our parent volunteers, and especially to Jim Casey, as we celebrate an incredible year and look and forward to a very bright future for Lincoln School.
May 30, 2013
The Power of One Stand Up, Martha Boss Bennett!
The letter nominating Martha is printed below:
Martha Boss Bennett ’85 P’14 ’16 ’22 is the volunteer coach for the varsity lacrosse team, she is Vice President of the Board of Trustees, she was the chair of the Head of School Search Committee, she is a parent of three Lincoln students, and co-chaired the Capital Campaign for Faxon Farm. In short, she epitomizes what Stand Up, Lincoln is all about. Martha dedicates herself, heart, and soul to Lincoln students in everything she does on behalf of our school. Recently she shared “When I watch the Lincoln girls of today out at the Farm, whether as a parent or a coach, I want nothing more than for them to have everything they need to develop a life-long love of athletics, with all the fun and benefits that can bring. It was Lincoln that nurtured my talents both as a student and an athlete, and I give back so this generation of Lincoln girls will have the same opportunities.”
We thank Martha! The Lynx won the RIIC Division II Championship!
May 23, 2013
The Power of One Stand Up, Renée Mackintosh!
The letter nominating Renée is printed below:
Renée Mackintosh '16 organized a bake sale recently at break with some of the freshmen to benefit The Cure Starts Now Foundation. The Cure Starts Now is a charity – founded five years ago – that focuses specifically on funding research to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer. The Mackintosh family established The Massachusetts Chapter in honor of Renée's sister Nicole '20. Nicole lost her battle against brain cancer in 2011. May is Brain Cancer Awareness month. Click here to read more about the Foundation and the Mackintosh's involvement.
May 16, 2013
The Power of One Stand Up, Olivia and Alexia Williams!
The letter nominating Alexia and Olivia is printed below:
Alexia and Olivia serve on the RI Department of Health Youth Advisory Council, a group of teens which meets once a month. Since the beginning of this year, they have helped with the planning of the Dare to Dream conference, the largest conference in RI, which draws in (disabled) Middle and High School students from all over the state. In addition to serving as members of the "Dream Team," introducing the conference and acting as staff for the day, Alexia and Olivia will be presenting a workshop titled, "Can You Hear Me?" in which they will share their stories as young advocates for the rights of differently-abled children.
May 9, 2013
The Power of One Stand Up, Caren Mendez!
The letter nominating Caren Mendez is printed below:
Caren has led the LSPA for the past two years. She seems to be ever-present and willing to help with all events involving parental support. Under her leadership the LSPA has its first set of bylaws and organizational structure. She is welcoming to new families and has been successful bringing them to LSPA meetings, which she chairs with grace and efficiency. It has been a pleasure having her as our leader. Caren is always thinking about Lincoln and how best to involve parents in every event. For the past two years Caren has achieved significant accomplishments on behalf of Lincoln parents and we thank her!
May 2, 2013
The Power of One Stand Up, Alex Moran!
The letter nominating Alex Moran is printed below:
Alex Moran ’14 started a non-profit organization called Cool Sister’s Closet, which organizes neighborhood drives for items and distributes them to children and families in need. While in Middle School Alex was inspired by volunteering at St. Elizabeth’s Nursing Home and at Crossroads RI. In 2009 Alex started an ebay business so that she could sell gently used clothing and donate the money earned back to these organizations. She earned enough money to buy supplies for the Family Literacy Program at Crossroads RI in North Kingstown. This was so successful that she decided to start Cool Sister’s Closet. The mission is “Helping our community one neighborhood at a time.” Visit her website here.
The Power of One Stand Up, Brooke Gallo and Beth Thomas!
The letter nominating Brooke Gallo and Beth Thomas is printed below:
Last Saturday evening, more than 275 parents, alumnae, faculty, staff and friends gathered at the Hope Club for our school’s annual spring benefit, Light Up Lincoln. Organized around the theme of “Julia’s Favorite Things,” this year’s event was a celebration of Julia Eells and Lincoln’s accomplishments during the past eight years. Guests were welcomed to a fun and festive evening full of laughter, friendship, and community spirit.
Events like Light Up Lincoln do not happen without the creativity and dedication of many talented individuals. Lincoln is fortunate to have so many in our community who stepped forward to part of the Light Up Lincoln team as sponsors, donors, and committee volunteers. While it “takes a village” to bring an evening like this together, there are two individuals who deserve special recognition for their two-year partnership as co-chairs for Light Up Lincoln – Beth Thomas and Brooke Gallo. Beth and Brooke have been tireless in their efforts to organize and inspire our entire community to come together on this special night in honor of Julia and to support our scholarship program. As Lower School parents, they know how a Lincoln education benefits Abby, Barrett, and Brittan. As volunteers, they are engaged in the life of our school to make positive change happen for all Lincoln students. As women, they are teaching their daughters and ours what it means to be part of a community. Thank you, Beth and Brooke, for all you do to “Light Up Lincoln” every day.
April 18, 2013
The Power of One Stand Up, Tracy Ciccone DiTroia!
Almost seventy Lower School children participated in a memorable production last Friday evening. The program featured original poetry, gymnastics, hula hooping, comedy acts, dancing, singing, recorder, piano, ukulele, violin and more. All performed by children in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Variety was the name of the show and our Lower School girls provided the audience with a magical evening of entertainment. Pictures
Many hands were involved in preparing for this production and each and every contribution is greatly appreciated. However, without the dedication of Tracy Ciccone DiTroia, P'22 this program never would have come to be. Tracy first brought her vision of a Lower School Variety Show to fruition last year. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to support this endeavor. Tracy has shared her expertise as a dancer and choreographer. She has devoted many hours working along side our students. Her rapport with the girls is admirable – frankly, they just love her! But most importantly, Tracy has created a program that supports what we teach every day at Lincoln. Each girl’s contribution is valued and students are encouraged to take pride in her accomplishments. It was such a treat to see the self-confidence of the girls on Friday evening. It was equally inspiring to witness the support and pride they had for one another. Thank you, Tracy, for creating another opportunity to gather as a community in support of our Lower School girls and their interests in and out of the classroom.
April 4, 2013
The Power of One Stand Up, Delaney Bernier!
The letter nominating Delaney is printed below:
In February our community recieved the letter below from Delaney. The response to this request was impressive, Delaney collected more than 600 travel sized toiletries for Crossroads.
My name is Delaney and I am in 6th grade. I have a favor to ask you. Many of you will be traveling and staying in a hotel over spring break. I will be collecting hotel and travel-sized toiletries to donate to the women's shelter at Crossroads Rhode Island. Crossroads is a homeless shelter for people in need of a home, food, care, and much more. Over the past ten years, homelessness for women in RI rose by 65%. Crossroads offers a 41-bed shelter for women. Almost every night sixty women ask for help.
Sometimes Crossroads runs out of supplies and we at Lincoln can help! Items they need are mini shampoos, conditioners, body soap, hand soap, makeup remover, and anything else a hotel or CVS provides for personal hygiene and care.
My goal is to collect 200 individual items or more. Collection boxes will be located outside Teryl's office and in the middle school lounge. Please bring in your donations by Monday April 1, 2013."
March 27, 2013
The Power of One Stand Up, Belle Buroker and Jasmine Hyppolite!
Belle Buroker and Jasmine Hyppolite, along with the entire Class of '17 at Lincoln School, came together to organize and launch a sock-drive during the month of February. The socks were donated to Gotta Have Sole, a local non-profit organization that provides children in homeless shelters with new footwear. Lori Lowinger, mother of Nicholas Lowinger, Gotta Have Sole's founder, was a presenter at Morgan Stone Day in December. Please check out their website at http://www.gottahavesole.org. Jasmine's and Belle's goal was to collect 500 pairs of new socks by Spring Break. Each Wednesday during the month of February was crazy sock day, when our community was invited to wear crazy socks and bring a pair to donate! During our annual Spring Sing to launch Spring Break, Jasmine and Belle actually counted socks. They exceeded their goal and collected 566 pairs of socks that were presented to Mr. and Mrs. Lowinger whom they had invited to attend. Below is a video created by two of our Grade 6 students, Maria Angelone and Jackie Prew to promote the sock drive.
February 28, 2013
The Power of One Stand Up, Nancy Rockefeller!
The letter nominating Nancy is printed below:
"Nurse Nancy" dedicates a large portion of her free time to coordinating the RI division of "Mobile Loaves and Fishes," an organization dedicated to providing the homeless with food, supplies, and human companionship. She collaborates with multiple organizations, places of worship and brings together people from all walks of life in a hands-on effort to positively affect the lives of people in need.
Leticia lost a relative, Henry, to osteosarcoma, the most common form of bone cancer. In memory of Henry and in support of all those still fighting the disease, she planned and hosted a bake sale. In addition to baked goods, she also sold orange (Henry’s team color) and yellow (the official color for bone cancer) pins and pencils. She also handed out round magnets and stickers that read “Together we can make a difference.”
All of the profits were donated to the Team Henry Memorial Fund.
Henry inspired Leticia because "his easy-going attitude, charm and brilliant smile impacted everyone he encountered before passing at the young age of 18. Henry’s positive and humbled outlook on life is something that resonated with me and I’m sure everyone he came across his short time here could not agree more."
Ilse, a second grader at Lincoln, proudly stood up at Silent Meeting last week to remind Lower School students of the importance of composting. Ilse reminded students that a bucket is located outside at recess daily for their decomposable waste. This compost bucket is outside because of Ilse! She shows initiative and leadership by getting the bucket and returning it daily. Ilse truly demonstrates our Quaker values and shows the POWER of ONE! Way to go Ilse!
January 16, 2013
Stand Up, Colin Bishop!
Colin Bishop P'19 is a stand-out parent volunteer at Lincoln School! As Lynx Club Chair, he has been wholeheartedly dedicated to getting this parent-run booster club rejuvenated! Colin is an enthusiastic supporter of Lincoln Athletics and has been instrumental in getting parents to run concessions at tournaments, the tailgate at the Field Hockey Semi-finals, the sale table for our Fear the Lynx t-shirt sale and the upcoming Fear the Lynx day! Thanks Colin!
January 9, 2013
Stand Up, Anita Thompson!
The letter nominating Anita is printed below:
On December 14, 2012 Anita Thompson sent an email to the All Faculty-Staff conference at school. She described her relationship with William D'Abate Elementary School in Olneyville RI. She explained that she is committed to assisting students and families in need at the school. Anita had been in touch with Mary Spyres, the nurse at William D' Abate who had informed her of three families in desperate need. Anita asked for voluntary contributions to help these families during the holiday season. Her plan was to drop off food baskets and gift cards to Stop and Shop to help make a real difference in the in the lives of these families. Within one week Anita organized our community and our extended family community, to donate an actual jeep load of:
• clothing from our bookstore - 8 or 9 boxes of clothing, all different sizes, for all types of children. • a huge number of Stop & Shop gift cards • three shopping bags of food • unopened toys • coats, for both children and adults • a bunch of hats and mittens
When Anita dropped everything off the Principal, Brent Kermen, and the Nurse, Mary Spyres, were overwhelmed. Anita could not truly put their reaction and gratitude into words, but Brent said that these gifts, "have a direct and immediate impact on improving the lives of these families." The power of one.
December 13, 2012
Stand Up, Kim and Brooke Buckett!
Brooke and her mom, Kim have been helping to raise money for for Taylor Marshall, a young girl with Cystic Fibrosis. The money will go towards covering medical bills, medicines, and her family's well being. They set up a website (http://www.giveforward.com/thetaylormarshallfund), and Brooke worked with the GPA club here at school to organize a bake sale in November. Unfortunately, Taylor passed awat on November 18 but the help and support that Kim and Brooke provided for her family has made this difficult time a bit easier for Taylor's family.
December 6, 2012
Stand Up, Martha Douglas-Osmundson!
The letter nominating Martha is printed below:
We would like to nominate Ms. D-O for creating Shakespeare in the City, a program that breaks down barriers between urban public and private schools, and that brings diverse groups together through art, challenging texts and performance. This relatively new program also brings teachers from private and public schools together by joining their curricula in theatre, literacy and performance. Ms. D-O links professional artists from the community to teachers in the schools. We imagine this is a challenging effort for Ms. D-O and for the teachers, especially in the public schools, who have restrictive curricula. I personally know a few public school teachers who excitedly shape their English curriculum around Shakespeare in the City. A large component of the Shakespeare in the City plan is that the entire process ends with day-long community building experience with all the performers and teachers. The day includes theatre games, food, group rehearsals and a performance of the play for an audience of parents from all parts of Providence. This past year 19 schools and more than 200 students performed as part of the program. We hope Shakespeare in the City deepens and expands so young people in our city can come together more often through a common love and appreciation of literature, art and performance. Besides this work in the larger community, we are nominating Ms. D-O for the community she creates in her class - one of fun, laughter and relevance. We value her wonderful teaching of theatre in the English class, her integration of the arts into a major subject, her appreciation of the girls’ diverse learning styles, and her ability to make challenging work such as Shakespeare and grammar come alive and be relevant for the girls.
November 29, 2012
Stand Up, Christine Boulay!
The letter nominating Christine is printed below:
Christine Boulay has given of herself to help bring Girls on the Run to Lincoln School this fall. Twice a week, after her regular school day with young children, Christine volunteers her time to Girls on the Run Rhode Island and works to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident. While the theme of Stand Up Lincoln is "The Power of One," Christine works with 3rd through 5th grade girls -- as a team -- to help them gain a better understanding of who they are and what's important to them and positively connect with and shape the world around them. Christine played a critical role in establishing this program at Lincoln School. She is a powerful force both inside and outside of the classroom and I hope she is recognized for her dedication to this program and to helping young girls learn that there are no limits to what they can do and what they can achieve. Attached photo is of this year's Girls on the Run Rhode Island site at Lincoln, coached by Christine.
This year's Girls on the Run Rhode Island at Lincoln, coached by Christine