The Vicki Soto Memorial Fund, Inc. is giving back to our wonderful community! We are collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items to be donated to the local Sterling House food pantry in Stratford, CT. Items will be collected at bib and packet pick up next week on Wednesday, November 4th and Thursday, November 5th. Items will also be collected on race day. Just look for the Sterling House Community Center van that will be parked in the race lot collecting your donations and distributing them to local families in need. Thank you for your continued support!
Michael Rosati, the 2017 VSMF CT Scholarship winner, just completed his freshman year at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. We caught up with Michael to see how his first year there went and what he thinks of college life so far.
Michael said, “I love going to school at Salve. I enjoy the small campus environment where I can recognize almost all the faces I see. Additionally, living and going to school right on the water is the best. I love being in walking distance to the beach and having the ocean always in view! I have been making some amazing friends and having a lot of fun – so far, college life has been great.
I am still double majoring in elementary and special education and I have already taken several education classes. I finished my freshman year making Dean’s List! I also have begun my testing for my teaching certification. So far I have passed my special education, science, social studies, and english language arts praxis exams. I still have to take two more.
I have been getting heavily involved on campus. I have been involved in campus ministry, a leadership program, and my favorite, Salve’s chapter of Best Buddies. I was even elected treasurer for next year! I am excited to get more involved with the club. I love working with and befriending all the people who are often marginalized because of their disabilities (such as autism, down syndrome…etc.).
This summer I am working at Sterling House Day Camp in Stratford, CT. I am the gym director, so essentially the physical education teacher of camp. I facilitate games such as kickball, dodgeball…etc. for all the campers. I see about 175 campers a day in grades pre-k through 8th grade! I love working with kids all summer, I can’t imagine spending my summer any other way!”
What a great update from Michael! We are so proud of him for all of his tremendous accomplishments, making Dean’s List, passing praxis exams, completing his course work, and finding additional time to volunteer with Best Buddies. We are excited to see what is ahead for him in his Sophomore Year! Enjoy the rest of your summer Michael and tell Sterling House we say hello!
We are going Back2School, Team Vicki style!! We are very happy to announce we have partnered with Sterling House Community Center on their Back2School Drive. We have backpacks, crayons, markers, pencil cases, erasers, glue sticks, book covers and so much more to give away. We will be there this Saturday, August 19th from 11:00am – 2:00pm with school supplies for Stratford K-6 students. The event takes place rain or shine on the Sterling House front lawn.
We are going Back to School, Team Vicki style!! We have backpacks, crayons, markers, pencil cases, erasers, glue sticks, book covers and so much more! We will be at Sterling House Community Center for their back to school drive on August 19th to give all of this away! #teamvickisoto #givingback #backtoschool
Today we partnered with Sterling House Community Center to give much need school supplies to our community. We challenge you to help families this back to school season in your community. We couldn’t do this without your donations and support. THANK YOU! #teamvickisoto #givingback #backtoschool
Team Vicki working hard at Sterling House Community Center today! We were able to help 100 teachers stock their classroom libraries with books that meet every students literacy needs. Thanks to everyone who came to see us!
We are very happy to announce that this Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 12:00pm-3:00pm at Sterling House Community Center we will have a book pick up day! Teachers can stock their classroom libraries and kids can come and pick out some new books! We want to help as many teachers and families as we possibly can! Hope to see you all there!
Today we held our first book drive for the Miss Soto’s Free Library at Sterling House Community Center. Thousands of books were donated and delivered to many teachers and children in the Stratford community. We are so proud and honored to continue sharing Vicki’s passion of teaching and love of books. Thank you to everyone who came out to support this great project!
We are proud to open free libraries at the Sterling House Community Center and the South End Community, but we need some children’s books!! There will be a town-wide book drive in Stratford on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at the Sterling House Community Center. See flyer below for all the details and information. Hope to see you there!
This morning Team Vicki Soto dropped off 26 turkeys and 6 pocketbooks filled with toiletries to Sterling House Community Center in Stratford, CT. The Vicki Soto Memorial Fund is spreading lots of kindness this holiday season!! Happy Thanksgiving!