AUBURN, Mass. – As the Auburn High School track team finishes its holiday toy drive for families in need, Superintendent of Schools Maryellen Brunelle is highlighting the “countless ways” that students give back to the community throughout the year.
“Our students and staff hold food drives, ‘adopt’ families through Auburn Youth and Family Services, participate in coat drives, brighten various town holiday celebrations by playing music, collect items that homeless children can use in celebrating their birthdays and the list goes on and on,” Brunelle said at a recent School Committee meeting.
The following is a small sampling of how Auburn students and the school community give back to Auburn, not only during the holiday season but also throughout the year, she said.
Correspond with Seniors and Military: As a part of the Pakachoag School Council initiative, cards and thank you notes are completed by students and sent to the seniors at Eddy Pond and to designated servicemen and servicewomen. When visiting the seniors, students participate in singing and/or craft projects.
Auburn Youth and Family Services Food Drive: Donations of nonperishable items from staff and students are collected before Thanksgiving and other holidays. Auburn Youth and Family Services coordinate the collection and distribution of food baskets to needy Auburn families.
Adopt-a-Family for Christmas: With the approval of the designated family, staff members buy, wrap and deliver gifts for the children in the households according to their wish list.
Reading Incentive Proceeds to Benefit Literacy: Students collect pledges to match their reading minutes. The pledge money is used to buy books and assorted items to benefit children in shelters by promoting literacy.
Armed Forces Gift Packages and Halloween Candy Drives: Both events are student-driven and initiated. “Examples of how our culture extends to all facets of our school community,” Brunelle said.
Birthday Supplies for Homeless Children: Students are making birthday cards to go with supplies they are collecting so that “Birthday Wishes,” a nonprofit organization that brings birthday parties to homeless children, can bring joy to homeless children across Massachusetts.