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A large donation from residents of Collington retirement community funded a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, a new software program and puppet presentations for Kettering Elementary School students.

The $3,000 donation, presented to the school last month by several residents who mentor Kettering Elementary students, paid for a May 25 field trip to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia for 19 fifth-graders who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to go, said Leona Parker, the school’s guidance counselor.

Study Island, the new software, will be used by kindergarten through second-grade students, Parker said. And the two puppet shows, put on in late May by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre in University Park, taught students how to resolve conflict peacefully, she said.

Eleven residents of the Silver Spring retirement community mentored and tutored Kettering Elementary students twice a month this year, Parker said. The partnership started several years ago, and residents have previously donated uniforms, school supplies, and grocery store gift certificates, Parker said.

“It’s wonderful the relationships that’s forged between the students and the Collington residents,” Parker said. “They are like our angels. They have been so supportive of our children.”