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For 25th Year, Greens Farm Academy Students Ride for Paul Newman's Camp

Even before Paul Newman’s dream of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp became a reality, Greens Farms Academy (GFA) students were hard at work raising seed money to create this haven for children with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other life-threatening illnesses. Twenty-five years and $200,000 later, GFA students once again are gearing up for their annual Paul Newman Hole in the Wall Bike-a-thon scheduled to take place on Friday, May 13 in Greens Farms.

Saying Thanks

There was an emotional moment at Westport’s Greens Farms Academy today as Ro Jeanne Floyd (r) of Woodstock, Conn. thanked students for their support of the Paul Newman-founded Hole in the Wall Gang Camp which has benefited her daughter Jasmin (l, dark sweater). Jasmin, 17, who was diagnosed at age 5 with a rare genetic disorder that affected bone development, attended the camp over a nine-year period until she was 15. The Floyds were on hand as middle school students announced details of the 25th annual GFA bike-a-thon fund-raiser on May 13 in support of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. GFA students have raised more than $200,000 for the camp since the fund-raiser began in 1988.

Nelson Place Elementary Students Make a Difference!

During the last few years, fourth grade teacher Donna Quitadamo at Nelson Place Elementary School has been working with her students and parents about reaching out to others. Her class led the way in working with “The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.” This organization was created by Paul Newman and his friends in 1988. The camp is located in the state of Connecticut and has served as a non-profit residential summer camp and year-round center for children coping with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Best Charities for Kids

Founded by actor Paul Newman in 1988, this camp in the Connecticut countryside hosts more than 1,000 sick children every summer, and serves approximately 15,000 children a year total through its weekend and hospital outreach programs. More than half of these children come from low-income families. Campers are given the opportunity to perform typical camp activities like swimming, hiking, boating, and fishing — all of which are designed to include every camper regardless of his or her illness (there is even a pool designed specifically for children with sickle cell anemia).

Turn Homemade Snowflakes into a Charity Event

Decorating for the winter can be snow much fun, no matter where you live, as long as you have the right tools. So leave the blowers off and keep the shovel parked; gear up with your scrape paper and scissors and make your own indoor blizzard. Need some help? Never fear! Check out The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for some guidance. You can even step up your efforts by making your fun project a fundraiser for The Hole in the Wall Gang with offers camps for seriously ill children.

Julia Roberts: The Class Act

Once called the Hillary of Hollywood for her trailblazing—Julia Roberts was the first actress to get more than $20 million for a film—Roberts has used that money and clout for good. Since 1997 she’s supported Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camp for children with grave illnesses. She also campaigns to fund research for Rett Syndrome (a neurodevelopmental disorder that can destroy kids’ ability to walk and speak) and serves on the board of Earth Biofuels, which promotes renewable energy.