Helping students “cool down” with City Year

By Tim Rondeau

Tucked away in a conference room at our Melrose Street facility, our employees worked with balloons, glitter and flour, among other items.

Arts and crafts day in Providence? Not exactly.  Our local City Year corps members recently stopped by recruiting the support of several employees to make stress relief kits for Providence public school students.

Twenty-six National Grid volunteers made stress balls, glitter tubes, origami stars and other calming tools and then assembled them into small “cool down” kits for students to help them deal with stress and frustration in a positive way.  At the end of the day, our employees pulled together 300 kits for Gilbert Stuart Middle School students.

The project was also an opportunity for us to mingle with the City Year staff.  National Grid is the team sponsor of the corps members serving at the Gilbert Stuart Middle School, and has been for six years.  City Year has 50 corps members in five Providence schools devoted to keeping kids on track and helping them graduate on time.

“We’re extremely proud of City Year’s work with local students in Providence,” said Lynne Papetti of Corporate Citizenship at National Grid.  “These volunteer projects help us to learn more about the invaluable work City Year does day in and day out while helping our local students reach their full potential.”

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