Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Gardner Project & Cradles to Crayons Need Your Help!

MERSD Core Value - Climate
We believe our schools must create an environment of respect and appreciation for individual and cultural differences and instill a passion for responsible social action, both locally and globally.

Throughout the year MERSD students demonstrate service leadership through numerous community service projects and giving events.  This month we have two student organized social activism projects that need your support.   I hope you will consider giving of your time and resources.

The Gardner Project is Seeking Volunteers
The Gardner Project Packaging Day day will be held on Saturday, April 12th from 12:30 to 3:30 in the Middle-High School gym. The Global Studies Class has successfully raised over $10,000 to support Stop Hunger.  They are seeking at least 200 volunteers to help to package the 40,000 meals their funds will supply .

All are welcome to help, for high school students it is a great chance to get community service hours. Snacks and drinks will be for sale during the event and all proceeds will also benefit Stop Hunger Now, the organization that we will be packaging meals for. Every meal goes to people in need in many different 3rd world countries around the world.

To Volunteer please email Mr. James Wallimann - wallimannj@mersd.org

Cradles to Crayons Seeking Donations
Eighth Graders Juliette Kelley of Manchester and Larson Tolo of Essex were selected to participate in Governor Deval Pat-rick’s community service program, Project 351. Project 351 is dedicated to celebrating youth leadership, inspiring the ethic of service, and honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Eighth grade Ambassadors representing every city and town in the Commonwealth were nominated to participate by their educators and chosen for their exemplary ethic of service,potential for leadership and embodiment of the values of compassion, commitment, humility and kindness.

Juliette Kelley has volunteered to lead Manchester Essex Middle School’s Clothing Drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons as part of Governor Patrick’s community service program, Project 351. Alongside more than 200 other 8th Grade Ambassadors across Massachusetts, this is the largest clothing service drive, benefiting thousands of needy children across all of Massa-chusetts.

WE NEED YOUR HELP to collect gently used clothing, coats, shoes, or new socks and pajamas for distribution to children ages 2 through12 across Massachusetts.

The drive will begin on April 1, running until April 10. Donations needed:

Children ages 2-12: Clothing (gently used, no rips or stains)
  • Outerwear and Coats Shoes
  • New Underwear, PJs and Socks (these must be new by regulations)
  • Most needed are boys and girls tops 2T to 3T and sneakers size 5 youth or adult 
Drop Box Locations:
  • Manchester Community Center (public drop-off location)
  • Manchester Essex Middle/High School Lobby (school drop-off) 
Thank you from MERSD Middle School, the Governor’s Project 351, Cradles to Crayons, and needy children across Massa-chusetts