Hazel Connelly, a second grader at Scotland Elementary School, approached the school’s fifth grade student council with a community outreach project she was interested in starting.

After asking her father what organizations in town helped people, she learned that Ridgefield had its very own chapter of Meals on Wheels, the same organization that her grandparents work for in Vermont.

The non-profit Ridgefield chapter of Meals on Wheels has been providing nutritious meals for those who need assistance since 1972. Without access to any state or federal funds, the organization needs to raise $160,000 annually to help bring inexpensive meals to anyone in the community who is homebound, recovering from illness, surgery, or unable to shop or cook for themselves.

Hazel proposed that the Scotland community help support the effort and the fifth graders jumped on board. At the school’s annual Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day, Student Council representatives presented an innovative slideshow which persuaded the visiting guests to donate “an outstanding” $150 in less than an hour. On June 7, Meals on Wheels Board member Debra Franceschini, visited the school to thank the students for their contribution.