Note from the Editor: This is an article in a series called "Wethersfield Heroes," where our students work to highlight and honor those in our community going above and beyond amidst the tumultuous year. If you know someone that you would like to nominate as a Wethersfield Hero, please contact Mr. Martin at email@example.com.
by: Ava Ahmetovic
The year 2021 has brought many negative things to light in the Wethersfield community, but there were many who rose to the occasion to make the year better.
Introducing Carrie Anzidei, founder of The Crimson Team Kindness Club and teacher at SDMS. She is also a teacher at SDMS.
For those wondering what the club is, she explains: “Crimson Team Kindness Club is a way for students to create, implement and be kind in a socially distant manner during the Pandemic. Our club has been involved in several projects such as sending homemade holiday cards to active servicemen and women who were serving abroad (we partnered with Kids4Vets---Mrs. Sally Distoli made that possible), wrote out holiday cards to Seniors in the Wethersfield community to spread some holiday cheer, and coordinated a small food drive just with kind members dropping food at the town hall. “
Their biggest contribution is proudly donating to the Humane Society drive. With no exaggeration, Mrs. Anzidei’s car was completely full with donations!
Mrs. Anzidei takes pride in how her students took on the leadership role. The students, she says, “are the real driving force of this club and each week at our Friday meetings. They set the agenda and discuss potential kindness ideas; which is very impressive to watch how they coordinate and respectfully give their input.”
Again, she is proud to be in coordination with the following students: Catherine, Jenevieve, Denisa, Sophia, Madison, Grace, Natalie, Emily and Sara.
In the future, the Team Crimson Kindness Club will be looking to do a school-wide food drive, they also want to continue to spread the word about their group and kindness.
The original idea behind this club is that Mrs. Anziedei feared for how her students would not have much interaction with others being isolated in their homes.
She made a calendar and linked it to all the Crimson Team at SDMS. She stated, “It was really important to the teachers to be able to provide that outlet for our students and it was all voluntary to attend if they wanted to join us.”
At the moment they have 9 members, and they are always open to new members for the crimson team. Mrs. Anzidei represents what a hero truly is. In this community, she really is an amazing teacher, mother, and HERO.
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