Thanks to our Points of Light Donors Kathy and Ken Casey, The Ridge Elementary School in Ridge, NY is receiving a classroom set of I AM! Affirmation Books for Christmas and Holidays. We received this recipient application request from 2nd Grade Teacher Donna Roenbeck who was absolutely thrilled to hear that her classroom was chosen to receive books from The I AM Foundation. “Thank you so much, that is awesome! The kids will be so happy to have this book for Christmas break.” said Donna. “Our community is very diverse and we are a very low income school. We need books and we want to inspire our kids to read year round. Your gift comes at a great time to help the children in our community where resources are scarce.”
Founder Steve Viglione says: “I just loved talking to Donna and feeling her passion for helping our kids. Our teachers deserve the greatest respect and all the resources we can give them. I am so happy we are able to do this for her and her class. And I am grateful for our Points of Light Donors Ken and Kathy Casey for making this possible.
Donna will also be sent The I AM! Affirmation Book Curriculum and Classroom Poster for her class. If you would like to sponsor a classroom or donate more books to Donna and her class, please contact us.
The Ridge Community
Our town is the gateway to the Pine Barrens. We are located east of Middle Island and west of Calverton in Suffolk County. Ridge, a rural oasis in the middle of suburbia, is considered horse country by some people. Our 184 acre Environmental Conservation area features hiking, equestrian and nature trails. Since development on the Pine Barrens is banned, Ridge should remain sparsely populated.
Ridge’s business district is made up of a few convenience stores and gas station, some restaurants and small eateries and the Ridge Post Office located on route 25. King Kullen and K-Mart are located to the west. The LIRR does not have a station in Ridge. Nearby trains in Shirley, Yaphank, or Port Jefferson take an hour and 15 minutes to get to Penn Station. The faster electric train in Ronkonkoma only takes an hour. Ridge is located 50 mile outside Manhattan.