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Project 106 Aims to Raise $30K By Summer's End

The organization has raised over $1,000 to fund middle school sports.

has a deadline.

Chrissy Rossi, an organizer and East Providence School committee member, the non-profit needs to raise $30,000 by the end of the summer to fund the fall's middle school sports season. Organizations say they need $106,000 in total to fund middle school sports each year, according to the city budget reports.

Project 106 signs were planted throughout the K-Rob Family Fun Event grounds. Volunteers manned a booth to get the word out and accept donations. So far, the organization has raised over $1,000.

"I have a box full of [cash]," Rossi said at Sunday's K-Rob Family Fun Festival. 

According to Rossi, the K-Rob Foundation has not discussed donating funds to the middle school sports programs but has been instrumental in raising awareness.

JR May 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Middle school sports HAVE NOT been cut as yet...the budget commission may make these cuts in the future... NO HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS have been cut, some suggestions have been made including golf, but NOTHING HAS BEEN CUT! With the work of K-Rob and Project 106 the budget commission middle school sports may be saved, but not as a part of the city/school department budget.
Paul May 28, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Ms. Rossi, one glaring misunderstanding on your part is that you seem to feel that caring about the City's bottom line is somehow inconsistent with caring for our children. The best thing that we, as adults, can do for our children is to leave them a city, state, and country that are on sound financial footing. We can only hope that people like yourself who do not understand the connection between financial responsibility and the welfare of future generation is not elected to the City Council. I applaud your efforts to raise funds for middle school sports, but I am dismayed by your fiscal naivete.
JJD May 28, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Paul, your glaring misunderstanding is that she never said she doesn't care about the bottom line, she said that "All they [the Budget Commission] are concerned with is the bottom line." I think that there were other ways to save $106,000 than cutting sports, and another way of finding $150,000 than cutting community libraries. To me it is easy to cut programs with a hatchet because it takes more effort to delve in and find inefficiencies, duplication and waste. Chrissy, whether you agree with her politics or not, is trying to be part of the solution by taking the challenge to raise funds privately. O'Keefe has publicly said that if a department head or official does not propose enough cuts he likes, he will cut more than he originally planned from them, just to prove a point, that is what cost Middle School Sports, it wasn't the money, it never was, it is O'Keefe trying to prove a point to the School Committee. I am dismayed at your political naivete.
Christopher Tennant June 13, 2012 at 01:34 AM
I'm sure they mean well, and I would like to see middle school sports saved just like anyone but we should always ask some tough questions of 'non-profits' that we are trusting our money to. Including - What does 'well on it's way' to becoming a 501c3 mean? - How was this Board of Directors selected? - Does this organization have Officers? - Does it represent a conflict of interest to have a current school committee member and candidate for city council as a Director? Would she be a 'disqualified party' under IRS regulations?
Tom Terrace June 13, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I agree with Rags that "consolidation and centralization is now and should be the wave of the future." That is not going to solve the problems of the schools which are suffering from a serious lack of leadership. I was appalled at the state of the high school when I was there for a parent meeting last week. The bathroom didn't have soap and the principals were clueless. If Ed Daft is giving these people raises, then what kind of judgement does he have?

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