CHOOSE LOVE — Seventh grade girls Brinley Vrooman, left, Sadie Stafford, Kelly Holmes, Annie Genovese, Kat Reynolds) made slime to sell at Friday night’s Summer Nights finale, featuring The Spadtastics, a fundraiser for the Jesse Lewis Choose Love foundation.  The girls raised over $1,300 for the Jesse Lewis Choose Love foundation.

The fundraiser also included live music by Free Flow and special guest, Doug AllenPlus, a photo booth, face painting, food trucks and Choose Love merchandise.

After Darien native Scarlett Lewis’ 6 year-old son was killed in his first grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School, her friends from Darien High School rallied around to support her. Nearly six years later, they’re even more committed to Being Part of the Solution and spreading the Choose Love message.

David Genovese, CEO of Baywater Properties, who, together with PG Properties, underwrote this event, said: “We are in awe of the way in which Scarlett has transformed her tragedy into such a positive global platform in Jesse’s honor. As a community, we need to Be Part of the Solution to protect our children and teach them to be connected, compassionate and resilient.  They are the future.”

The Jesse Lewis Choose Movement is a charitable organization with a mission to ensure that every child has access to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), in honor of Jesse and to spread the message he left on his family’s chalkboard –Nurturing, Healing Love

First Selectman Jayme Stevenson declared Friday, Aug. 31, Choose Love day in Darien.

The Choose Love Enrichment program is a preK – 12th grade SEL curriculum that teaches kids how to get along, how to have healthy and positive relationships, deep and meaningful connections, skills and tools for resilience, emotional management, conflict resolution and responsible decision-making, among other qualities.  Donations, grants and volunteers enable the Choose Love Enrichment Program to be offered to schools at no cost. The fundraiser continues through midnight, Monday, Sept. 3.  Visit the Impact Vine: