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Norwalk Republicans answer an urgent SoNoCC request

SoNoCC Executive Director Kelly Robertson receives donations from Bill Dunne in her office Friday morning after a call for help a few days earlier to the Republican Town Committee.
SoNoCC Executive Director Kelly Robertson receives donations from Bill Dunne in her office Friday morning after a call for help a few days earlier to the Republican Town Committee.

NORWALK, Conn. – Kelly Robertson, the new executive director of the South Norwalk Community Center, issued an urgent request for donations of school supplies recently and got a prompt response from the Norwalk Republican Town Committee, according to an RTC press release.

The RTC showed up at Robertson’s office Friday morning to deliver personal checks and a collection of backpacks for soon-to-arrive students.

Robertson, just weeks into her new job, discovered that many of the children who were signed up for SoNoCC Pre-K and after-school services were without that basic component of daily school treks – backpacks. Norwalk Public Schools classes in all grades begin this week.

RTC Chairman Peter Torrano got a phone call from Robertson on Aug. 18, the release said. She told Torrano she had tried but “could not find another organization that is meeting this need.” Torrano dug into his own pocket for a donation and immediately sent out a call to other RTC members.

Friday morning, Robertson had just returned from Walgreens where she had negotiated the purchase of school supplies, using her own money, the release said. Waiting for her in her office were Republican state Senate candidate Bill Dunne and Harold Bonnet, chairman of RTC District B (South Norwalk). Dunne is challenging incumbent Bob Duff in the 25th District that includes Norwalk and Darien.

Robertson gave the visitors a tour of the extensive renovations underway at the SoNoCC building in preparation for the center’s new Pre-K program. She said that uncertainty over the timing and amount of Pre-K funding from various sources was stressful and urged the visitors to spread the word that the center needed “all the help we can get.”

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3 responses to “Norwalk Republicans answer an urgent SoNoCC request”

  1. New Era

    This is Great!

  2. Oldtimer

    Nice to read good news, for a change.

  3. John Levin

    Wow. This IS great.

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