Category: Community Service

Key Club Volunteers at Neuva Esperanza

Our Key Club, under the guidance of Mrs. Caballero, has been very busy since the start of the school year in the aftermath of hurricane devastation in Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

The most recent efforts have focused on donations to Puerto Rico. Together with Nueva Esperanza of Holyoke, the Key Club has coordinated post-Maria food and clothing donations. Mrs. Caballero and four Key Club students recently volunteered at the receiving center. “The students worked really hard and they felt very empowered by the experience,” she said. “I was very proud of them. The Executive Director was also very impressed by their hard work and appreciated a lot the fact that the students wanted to contribute some of their early morning hours to serve the community.”

Sixth Annual Run for Hope Wrap-Up

Our Run for Hope was a lot of fun…can you tell?

The Sixth Annual 5K run/walk (with optional “color” route) raised $2,993.95 for Hope for Haiti. Congrats to event winner Ethan Deecher ’18, who ran the multi-terrain course in 21.17!

Full results are available here on Cool Running.

We’d like to extend a thank you to our sponsors:

Backpacks for the Homeless

The Key Club undertook a new project this year: Backpacks for the Homeless. Students, faculty, and staff donated both backpacks and the items to be put inside them.

The project, led by Academic Dean Mr. Ruiz, was a great success. Students sorted the donations, and on December 21, they delivered 42 backpacks filled with assorted toiletries, gloves, scarves, hats, and socks to the First Congregational Church in East Longmeadow, MA. The bags were then distributed by the church to homeless individuals who participated in the holiday dinner the church provides annually on Christmas Eve.

Thank you to all who took part in the project!

Outreach: Seniors Connecting with Seniors

One of Ms. Tomkiel’s English 12 classes recently took a field trip to the Belchertown Senior Center. The students had just completed a unit on the literature of “origins and insights” and interviewed seniors on that topic. There were three WWII vets, a gentleman who brought his son (himself nearly a senior!) to assist, and a few former teachers.

Ms. Tomkiel said it was a lovely experience that gave students a chance to pair authentic writing with community outreach. The students will write up their interviews in prose and poetry and will present their works to the seniors as a thank you.

2016 Run for Hope

On April 30 we hosted our 5th Annual Run for Hope. The weather cooperated–not a given this spring!–and we had our best turnout yet. All proceeds went to this year’s charity, No Kid Hungry.

Thank you to all who participated in or organized the event. We’d also like to thank our sponsors, whose collective generosity made the event and charitable donation possible: Easthampton Savings Bank; Martin J. Clayton Insurance Agency; McClelland’s Florist; 97.FM WMAS; McNair Business MachinesGZAStadler ACE Hardware; First Choice Tours; Custom Printing & Copy; Christian C. Carey, Architect; Swift River Medical Associates; Johnny’s Bar & Grille.

Take a peek at the photos and race results. We’re already looking forward to next year!