Taylor Tomasi and her mentor Dierdra Michelle work on flyers for the “Love for Puerto Rico” community service project.

Love for Puerto Rico

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Thursday February 08, 2018

The South Burlington community is invited to join the South Burlington High School (SBHS) Key Club and SB Mentoring for a community service project entitled “Love for Puerto Rico” by donating school supplies to replenish those materials lost in the impact of Hurricanes Irma and María. According to SBHS Healthy Schools Coordinator Susie Merrick, this community service project is part of the larger letter-writing campaign to students in Puerto Rico from this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Event and SB Mentoring’s National Mentoring Month service activity.

Donations of pencils, crayons, coloring pencils, erasers, and headband flashlights with batteries may be dropped off now through February 23 in collection boxes at all schools in the South Burlington School District. The supplies will be shipped to Carreras Middle School, Palmer, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Merrick says the donation will give the Puerto Rican students and staff the message, “We are thinking about you. We care about you.”

Christopher Nytch of the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, explained, “So much of the recovery from the hurricane requires monumental efforts over long time frames with extensive financial resources and planning. It can be daunting, and also overwhelming. But there is a crucially important need for localized efforts and the sharing of the simple, powerful gifts of kindness and love, which can foster resilience and hope in difficult times. Thank you for caring!”

SBHS Key Club is the high school’s chapter of the international Kiwanis service organization with a mission of offering “opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership.” SB Mentoring is the South Burlington School District’s school-based mentoring program which matches caring, respectful adults from the community one-on-one with wonderful young people in grades K-10 to help them find their “sparks,” their passions and interests.

For more information on the SBHS Key Club, contact SBHS advisor Rich Wise at rwise@sbschools.net. For more information on SB Mentoring, contact Merrick at smerrick@sbschools.net.