Here’s what made news this week on It’s Relevant.
In Stamford, students at Rippowam Middle School are choosing love. In addition to celebrating a choose love day for Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis, the school is joining the city’s 19 other public schools to raise pennies for playgrounds. In May, a playground will be built at West Beach in honor of Jesse, part of a project by the Where Angels Play Foundation, to build 26 playgrounds in honor of each life lost in Newtown.
"It just shows how much everyone cares and seeing the school come together to donate so much money. We're almost at 2,000 and this is only the second week," said Indra Kapoor, an 8th grader at Rippowam.
"I think showing them this message can affect they way they grow up. The way the go to high school, the way they go on to college and do big things and really change the world," said Rippowam music teacher Amy Gibson, who is leading the school’s fundraising efforts.
In Norwalk, The Courage to Speak Foundation held it’s 10th Annual Drug Free Family Night. Ginger Katz created the foundation after losing her son Ian to a drug overdose 18 years ago. Students stood up at West Rocks Middle School to speak about what Ian’s story taught them about staying drug free.
"In honor of Ian, I promise never to try, take or abuse drugs and to encourage others to do the same."
"It's so important that parents really get the message to their children. Talk to them. The number one key as a parent to a child is to talk to them about drugs. The parents are here tonight to listen to their child and to support them," said Katz.
In Greenwich, the Boys and Girls Club selected Matheus Chaves as Youth of the Year.
"It's the highest award that one individual can win, it's character development, it's community involvement, it's giving back to the club, it's leadership ability, and Matheus stands for all of that," said Don Palmer, Program Director at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich.
Chaves moved to Greenwich from Brazil at the age of 9 and says the Boys and Girls Club has been an important part of his life.
"It was my home away from home ever since I came to the United States," said Matheus Chaves. "It was the first place I came to, even before school, since I had to get some papers all together. I have been able to come here, play so many different sports, and also master the English language. Here I always felt like I belonged, like I was welcomed…”
In April, Chaves will compete against other club members for the Connecticut title and a $1,000 scholarship. If he wins, he will compete for the Northeast title and then the National title, where he would have the chance to meet the President of the United States.
That’s what made new this week on It’s Relevant.