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.

taxpayer May 23, 2012 at 09:41 PM
WOW Lets see, the Rossi plan for school finance was what? Hundreds of thousands in advertising revenue? Now we have the Rossi plan for middle school sports....good luck kids. The track record isn't too good! And she's running for City Council???
Jack May 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM
What exactly is YOUR plan Mr. Taxpayer? At least she's trying
Sharon May 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Since when do we insult those who are trying to find a solution to a problem? If you have another solution, suggest it. If not, get out of the way of those who do.
buddy May 24, 2012 at 01:42 PM
It is admirable that she wants to try to save the middle school sports program but what is the plan for future years. Even if the effort is succesful this year, what happens going forward? I don't think you can depend on fundraising to keep the sports program continuing. I should think it needs a steady funding as part of a viable school budget.
Sharon May 24, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I think everyone agrees that we would like to see it go back in the budget. However, until that happens the only solution seems to be outside funding. That being said, many schools outside of RI engage in Pay-to-Play. I personally don't care for that option, even if it were legal in RI, as all families can not afford the extra financial burden. Just making the point that fundraising for school sports is not unheard of.
A. W. May 24, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Susan May 24, 2012 at 03:00 PM
A.W. If you put a quarter of your energy into helping fundraise for the middle schools as you do for ridiculing people for their EFFORT we would have enough funds for years to come. I just dont understand some peoples mentality.
A concerned Citizen May 24, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I have never ever been a political person. I don't associate with any particular party but because i can hardly afford to keep my head above water and survive i have been paying a bit more attention to what is going on in the community. East Providence is in serious trouble. I hate to say it but until things get cut (not necessarily sports for our children) but something or some things get cut we will never ever get out of the whole we are in. We cannot keep borrowing money and cannot keep getting our federal money ahead of time because it is just putting us behind even more. We also cannot keep doing projects like the one going on vets parkway where they are redoing the park area. How i understand it is that some money is grant money but EP needs to pay the rest....ok where is that going to come from. The only way EP will ever pull out is for someone with guts to makes cuts that are needed. Whether it be sports (which i hope not because kids in this day and age need something to pull them away from the computers and televisions) or salaries, or maybe each citizen should have to bring their own garbage to a dump once a week. The only way to make it out of this.....is by everyone, i mean everyone needing to give up something. Whether it be take your trash each week. Or look for volunteers to go take care of our playgrounds, parks and fields. If cuts aren't made..we will for sure be belly up and all contracts null and void!! Then again starting over isn't such a bad idea
Joanna Britto May 24, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I believe that Chrissy Rossi's heart is in the right place, and even if I don't agree with her on every issue I applaud her efforts, at least she trying. I'm sick and tired of the individuals who constantly complain and insult the attempts of others without any positive suggestions of their own. The bullying needs to stop, stop the name calling, and unnecessary personal attacks. If you don't think she is qualified for a particular position, just don't vote for her, We can all debate the issues whether we agree or not, let's be adults, there is no need for the personal attacks.
b1 May 24, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Joanna, I agree with most of what you say. Can you answer 1 question I have, why did Mr. Rossi change his address, registration and liscense to Sixth Street in East Providence, ward 2? Is it because he does not want to run for office in Riverside to face someone that could very well bet him at the polls? Mrs. Rossi's very good friend is now running for At-Large. Another coincidence? Him, his wife and the union want complete control of this city, that is fact.
A concerned Citizen May 24, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I do want to apologize if anyone thinks my comment is to attack Chrissy Rossi. It is certainly not. My comment was mostly for the fact that things need to be tried out by all not just people that are on the boards. Chrissy has had more ideas than many of the other committee members. She jumps in with all her heart and soul to try things to better the city not to bring it down. Whether her attempts and ideas work or not...at least she is trying. If there is one thing for sure...she is NOT all full of promises with no action. She is action!! She is putting her ideas to the test and trying her hardest. Joanna B. is very right. There should be no personal attacks. We should be trying to embrace ideas and act on them together as a community before we end up at the bottom of the barrel.
Rags 1 May 24, 2012 at 06:38 PM
The solution to the R.I. School funding crisis is to consolidate the schools into one entity. Most counties out of state are bigger than R.I., have a county-wide system, one school tax assessment, elected school committees, one super, and one contract. Best part is specific accountability both fiscally and educationally. The rest is show-biz and more of the same with duplication upon duplication. Taxpayers have got to participate and demand accountability. It is a lot easier to do it with consolidation of school districts. It is not rocket science.
A. W. May 24, 2012 at 07:01 PM
It's satire, I have no interest in tearing people down for their 'effort' it's merely some light humor based on some particular happenstance. In this case, the picture looks like Chrissy is lounging around with some signs around her, that doesn't mean she isn't working hard, it just means we are going to poke a bit a fun.
Sharon May 24, 2012 at 07:15 PM
School systems in RI have danced around the notion of consolidation for years. There are pros and cons to each side of that debate. The four educational collaboratives were organized to take advantage of bulk buying power. How well that actually worked I don't know. There is a reason that the Independent Man sits atop our state house. No community wants to give up power. Maybe it is time to revisit consolidation. Although in a state where everyone has such parochial interest I don't know if consolidation could be successful. Here in EP we divide ourselves up between those who live in Rumford vs. Kent Heights vs. Riverside etc. Could we successfully meet the needs of those in Central Falls as well as those in East Greenwich? Or would we waste time and energy fighting for what we think is our rightful " piece of the pie"? Sorry to have gone off on a toot. I'm done now.
Joanna Britto May 25, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Brenda, if what you say is true that Mr. Rossi has changed his registration and license to Sixth Street in East Providence he better be living there. I don't know where they live, but I thought the Rossi's lived together. As you know Mr. Rossi was a former cop, union President, and he knows it is fraud if he has done this, and I believe if a license is false it is a crime, maybe even a felony. The address is supposed to be where you LIVE, not where you have a relative or where you own other property, etc.This can be investigated easy enough. I feel confident that Ward 2 residents want and deserve a Ward 2 candidate, so why don't we both investigate this allegation. I don't know who Mrs. Rossi's good friend is, but he/she would have to be a strong candidate to win at large. Union or not, everyone has to realize that there will be necessary changes ahead, some more difficult than others.
SL May 25, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Brenda what office is Mr. Rossi running for that his address needs to be on sixth st (ward 2)? You seem to have the inside scoop
b1 May 25, 2012 at 01:50 AM
SL, He would be running against Heli Melo. Joanna, I agree with what you say pertaining to the residence. As far as being aformer police officer and union leader doesn't make you any more intelligent than the next person. I have done my homework now is the time for the rest of this city to do theirs. Every ward deserves a competent, intelligent, honest and hard working person representing them. Sadly enough it doesn't happen that often. And yes, we need changes but we need changes for the better, some will definately be harder than others. Elected officials need to leave their personal agendas home and work for the people that put them in office.
b1 May 25, 2012 at 01:52 AM
There is no "inside scoop". It's out in the open for all to see if you look close enough.
b1 May 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Consoldiate, not just put several departments together, eliminate positions. Eliminate bonuses, longevity pays and birthdays as a paid holiday. This city needs to downsize in a big way. It may hurt at first but we will learn to live with it.
Tammy May 25, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Calling all Classic, Antique and Hot Rods owners. East Bay Automotive is having a "Townie Car Show" on Sunday, July 22, 2012. All procedes from this event is going to the East Providence High School and Middle Schools Sport Programs. The Middle Schools Sports Program have been cancelled and a good portion of the High School Sports have been dropped. If our children do not have something to keep them out of trouble, we are going to have major concerns! Please contact me at (401) 383-1511 for more details and reserving your cars spot.
Rags 1 May 25, 2012 at 05:33 PM
We don't educate an EP way etc.. SHARON we educate and it is transit and hopefully our students are ready for the world with at least the basics. I was glad to see seniors signing up to register to vote. If more young people voted and showed their political strength, we would have better schools and funding. School systems at a local level with the local government taking all the responsibility has proven to be too expensive and unmanageable, especially with all the 15 minute state and federal sound bite mandates that are largely unfunded. Special need criteria being one. Consolidation and centralization is now and should be the wave of the future.
Joanna Britto May 25, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Brenda, I agree with you for the most part, I was only pointing out Mr. Rossi's former positions as a cop, and union President because you informed us that he has changed his license and registration to 6th Street. I meant that If he did this, he should know better, he knows the law better than most. Now, lets get back to Project 106, raising $30K isn't easy. I don't like the idea of a box overflowing with money, I personally would rather write a check. I support middle school sports. I would like to challenge everyone to donate to Project 106 for middle school sports. I looked up Project 106 on Facebook, I'll be sending a check out to them at 2399 Pawtucket Avenue today. I challenge everyone to do the same.
Chrissy Rossi May 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM
A few things to note about Project 106: We are a team. There are 7 very dedicated board members from all walks of life. We are working together to raise funds so that Middle School Sports can stay in place while our city gets back on it's feet. The ultimate goal is for these sports programs can once again be part of the School departments budget. This budget commission does not care what's in the best interest of our children. All they are concerned with is the bottom line. I understand the concept but I neither agree with it or accept it as a final answer. These kids WILL have sports in the middle school and the team that is Project 106 will be leading the battle. Www.project106.org If anyone is interested in helping be part of the solution like Tammy, feel free to call me. (401) 481-1721. It's a great feeling to be part of a team. Our kids deserve better than what is being dictated by the budget commission.
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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