On Sunday, May 22, Planting Pencils is hosting a Family Fun-draiser in Plantsville to raise awareness and collect school supplies for underserved students in Connecticut and beyond. Ishaan Patel, the 13 year-old founder of Planting Pencils, was inspired to create the charity when his aunt visited underserved schools in developing countries.
Event highlights include music and giveaways from 102.9 The Whale radio station van; stuff a Southington Police squad car with school supplies; touch and tour a firetruck; kid activities, food vendors, arts and crafts, and visits from legislative leaders and local sports mascots.
Mercy Child Community School at Ghana Africa – Traci Mastropietro and Headmaster Dominic Andoh – will be speaking at the event.
“I’m honored to have Mr. Andoh and Ms. Mastropietro attend our event. When I saw and heard for myself the conditions that their students were trying to learn in, I knew I had to do something to help them,” Patel said in a press release.
Planting Pencils will also accept old computers and laptops that will be refurbished and given to students. The owner of ReBoot Computers in Bristol will be on-site to assist donors in deleting important files.
The free event is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the offices of Drs. Alpa and Alkesh Patel at 710 Main St. in Plantsville. Any sale from crafts and concessions will be donated back to the organization.