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2013-04-30 - Metta Students Foundation announces 8th grant winner

Kind, generous and caring are the words used to describe Joseph Conway of Coventry. Each year the eighteen year old gets everyone into the holiday spirit by creating a huge Christmas light display.

“My light display consists of 33,000 lights. My main reason for putting up the display is seeing the kids smile,” states Conway. But, the festivities go beyond those smiles, Conway donates the money he raises to worthy causes like the Tomorrow Fund and Coventry Food Bank. It is that spirit and dedication that has made Conway the eighth Metta Student winner.

Metta means love, kindness and compassion. The foundation strives to honor teens that are truly bright lights in their community, Conway literally shines and when Metta found out about Conway they knew he was their next one thousand dollar winner. Conway will be awarded April 29, 2013 at 9:45 a.m. at an assembly at Coventry High School located at 40 Reservoir Road. Media members are welcome.

“I have had some tough times in my life, but I know that there are people that have it worse than I do, so that’s why I do my best at putting up the display. I collected donations for the Coventry Food Bank and The Tomorrow Fund; I chose those places because both organizations help people who are in need. I realize many people suffer tough times so the least I can do is put a smile on their faces during the holiday season,” states Conway.

In addition, Conway volunteers his time in our GYMNTR program, where mentors younger students on the Unified Basketball team.

Conway’s guidance counselor Amy Siemmao nominated him saying, “Joe is the type of young man that you can expect will help others because he truly wants to. His reward is not a grade for a project, or doing community service hours because they are required, it is him making a difference. I have known Joe for about eight years, as both his elementary teacher and now his guidance counselor, he is compassionate, generous, courteous, inclusive, and bright.”

Kathy Connolly, Development Director of The Tomorrow Fund adds, “Joey is a considerate young man who believes in giving back. He raised close to $1,000 for The Tomorrow Fund to help children with cancer and their families. We were so thankful for the donation. Joey has informed us he will be raising funds for the Tomorrow Fund again next year!”

Metta Students Founder Norm Kelly, founder of Software Quality Associates in Providence, says his company has always wanted to give back to the community. “I love the uniqueness of Metta Students,” says Kelly, “we are honoring high school kids for their acts of loving-kindness. You do not have to be the smartest or most athletic to be honored with a Metta Student Foundation Scholarship.”

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