SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – The cry of “gooal!” rang through Saxtons River as the rec soccer program reached its fundraising target for new goal posts. Between 70 and 90 children from kindergarten to sixth grade participate in the program, which draws youngsters from Saxtons River, Rockingham, Bellows Falls, and Grafton.
The $2,620 in funds needed for the goals was raised through the efforts of parent volunteers. The Saxtons River Inn hosted a slider night fundraiser, with food provided by the inn and Wagyu beef from Spring Rock Farm. A raffle of items donated by the Saxtons River Village Market, Vermont Academy, Village Square Booksellers, Ann DiBernardo, Smokin’ Bowls, and Jennifer Silver rounded out the evening.
The parents also organized a GoFundMe campaign, and other contributions came from Chroma Technologies, the Vincenzo Ruggiero Memorial Fund, and individual donations. “It’s so great how everyone stepped up to support our efforts for the kids,” said parent volunteer John Edwards. “We’ve had these goals for 10-plus years, and they were used when we got them. They really needed to be replaced.”
Coaches for the program are Christina Aguiar and Krystal Hernandez for grades K-2; Garrett Allen, George Smith, and Matt Johnson for grades 3-4; and Eric Nystrom and John Edwards for grades 5-6. Volunteer referees are John Broadley and Greg Noble. Samantha Fletcher and Tammy Nystrom are also parent volunteers.