, Newburyport, MA

January 20, 2013

Thanks for support on Poverty Awareness Day

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

On behalf of all of our River Valley Charter School students, I would like to thank the entire community for making our first annual Poverty Awareness Day such a success. Our goal was to share information on the subject, learn what is already being done and what the greatest needs are and what we, as a community, can do to help.

Thanks to the encouragement of the mayor, two third-graders took the seed of an idea and grew it in to a city-wide initiative. The panel of dedicated professionals in the social service world shared startling facts and figures and heart-warming stories. It is our hope that the event opened not only eyes, but hearts and that the community will continue to keep the momentum going.

Thank you to everyone involved.

Laurie Ingersoll

River Valley Charter School