PROJECTS GALLERY (Under Construction)
  • All Projects
  • Baskets for Belief
  • Special Deliveries
  • A Cuddly Chance
  • Ella & Bella Dance Clinic
  • Help the Kids
  • Goodie Bags for Kids
  • The Sea is Love
  • Soccer Clinic
  • YDO Library
  • Charity Givers
  • Shovel a Hydrant
  • The Giving Plants
  • A Flower for Cancer
  • Adoption Paradise
  • Reducing Water Bottles
  • Fitness Fun
  • Tools for Schools
  • J&J Family Fun Walk/Run
  • Baskets for Buddies
  • Kyle’s Music
  • Extra Sports
  • Let’s Kick Cancer
  • M.A.S.H. Recovery Wishes
  • Kare Packages
  • An Artistic Moment
  • Sanborn Gymnastics Club
  • Food Run
  • Super Cancer Fighters
  • Dreams Do Come True
  • KH
  • Kick It
  • N.E.L.S. Savage
  • Hope of Play
  • The Friendly School Supply Project
  • Games for Hope
  • Kinder-tastic
  • Great Time Fun Time Part II
  • 8th Grade Yearbook
  • All Star Champs
  • CLT Cooking Team
  • The Fleece Makers
  • Love Animals
  • Baby Rainbow
  • Preschool Fun
  • Create Pursue React
  • Sports Clinics
  • Feel Good Ink
  • The Doggie Bakesters
  • Soldiers & Veterans
  • Musical Happiness: bringing smiles through music
  • Animal Abuse Awareness
  • Daycare Chuck E Cheese
  • Health Class for Kids
  • Sweet Treats
  • Helping Up
  • The Jems
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Warmer Kids Happy Kids
  • Keep it Kozy
  • TNA
  • Games to Make a Difference
  • Y.E.S. Youth Exploration Science
  • Helping Hands and Hearts
  • Easter Funzees
  • Candy Hunt
  • Dance Explosion Exploration
  • Bags of Fun
  • A Book is a Smile
  • Be Active!
  • Tremendous Tutoring
  • Helping People
  • A Gymnastics Class
  • The Giving Girls
  • Pop Up Project: Mill No. 5 Farm Market
  • Ella’s Enchantment
  • Project Transportaion
  • Presents for People in Need
  • The Wish Project
  • Be Fair to Dogs
  • A Christmas Gift from the Heart
  • Santa’s Elves
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy’s
  • Gifts for Good
  • Secret Santas
  • Generation Ornaments
  • Pop-Up Project: The Cotting School
  • Baby Care Packages
  • Pop-Up Project: Opening Our Doors
  • Blankets for Kids
  • Bows and Boutiques
  • All Paws In
  • Thanksgiving Help
  • Spaulding Basketball
  • James’ Emergency Toolbox
  • Kids Helping Kids
  • Great Time Harvest Time
  • Want to Join?
  • Vids for Kids
  • A Helping Paw
  • Pop-Up Project: The Wish Project
  • Operation Farewell
  • Dance for Lawrence
  • Care for Kids
  • A Healthy Outlook
  • The Book Doctor
  • Reach Out Foundation
  • Shelter Helpers
  • Stage-Fright Workshop
  • Physical Fitness
  • Angelic Helpers
  • Paper Police
  • Coloring for Courage
  • Puppy Plantation
  • River House
  • Friend-shipp
  • Great Time Fun Time
  • Happy Packages
  • Bears for Care
  • Project Feel Good
  • Bundles of Joy Blankets
  • Children Fun Time
  • LAX Clinic
  • Funday Sunday
  • Never Alone
  • A&J Family Run/Walk
  • Care Bears
  • Papa’s Painters
  • MCAS Breakfast
  • Aquaponics
  • Dancing Through Life
  • Animal People
  • Inspire Me Mermaid
  • Mel’s Gifts
  • Beautiful Bracelets
  • Shannon’s Cards
  • Action!
  • Voice from the Heart
  • Not a Simple Piece of Rope
  • Humble Hearts
  • Scrapbook Kids!
  • Cute and Girly Hair Bows: By Annette
  • Costume Collection
  • Clareese Cares
  • Luis’ Cool Rubberbands
  • A Child’s Dream
  • A Basketball Court
  • A Puppet Show!
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week at LCCPS
  • Gifts for Grandparents
  • Brain Games
  • Diamonds Dance
  • Pictures for Patients by the Graffiti Club
  • Get to Know Bellesini
  • Sing it Out

Baskets for Belief

Special Deliveries

A Cuddly Chance

Ella & Bella Dance Clinic

Help the Kids

Goodie Bags for Kids

The Sea is Love

Soccer Clinic

YDO Library

Charity Givers

Shovel a Hydrant

The Giving Plants

A Flower for Cancer

Adoption Paradise

Reducing Water Bottles

Fitness Fun

Tools for Schools

J&J Family Fun Walk/Run

Baskets for Buddies

Kyle’s Magic

Extra Sports

Let’s Kick Cancer

M.A.S.H. Recovery Wishes

Kare Packages

An Artistic Moment

Sanborn Gymnastics Club

Food Run

Super Cancer Fighters

Dreams Do Come True

KH

Kick It

N.E.L.S. Savage

Hope of Play

The Friendly School Supply Project

Games for Hope

Kinder-tastic

Great Time Fun Time Part II

8th Grade Yearbook

All Star Champs

CLT Cooking Team

The Fleece Makers

Love Animals

Baby Rainbow

Preschool Fun

Create Pursue React

Sports Clinics

Feel Good Ink

The Doggie Bakesters

Soldiers & Veterans

Musical Happiness: bringing smiles through music

Animal Abuse Awareness

Daycare Chuck E Cheese

Health Class for Kids

Sweet Treats

Helping Up

The Jems

Arts & Crafts

Warmer Kids, Happy Kids

Keep it Kozy

TNA

Games to Make a Difference

Y.E.S. Youth Exploration Science

Helping Hands and Hearts

Easter Funzees

Candy Hunt

Dance Explosion Exploration

Bags of Fun

A Book is a Smile

Be Active!

Tremendous Tutoring

Helping People

A Gymnastics Class

The Giving Girls

Pop Up Project: Mill No. 5 Farm Market

Ella’s Enchantment

Project Transportation

Presents for People in Need

The Wish Project

Be Fair to Dogs

A Christmas Gift from the Heart

Santa’s Elves

Fuzzy Wuzzy’s

Gifts for Good

Secret Santas

Generation Ornaments

Pop-Up Project: The Cotting School

Baby Care Packages

Pop-Up Project: Opening Our Doors

Blankets for Kids

Bows and Boutiques

All Paws In

Thanksgiving Help

Spaulding Basketball

James’ Emergency Toolbox

Kids Helping Kids

Great Time Harvest Time

Want to Join?

Vids for Kids

A Helping Paw

Pop-Up Project: The Wish Project

Nana

Operation Farewell

Dance for Lawrence

Care for Kids

Mangai

A Healthy Outlook

The Book Doctor

Natasha

Reach Out Foundation

Natasha

Shelter Helpers

Stage-Fright Workshop

Physical Fitness

Serena

Angelic Helpers

Paper Police

Coloring for Courage

Puppy Plantation

River House

Friend-shipp

Princess

Great Time Fun Time

Happy Packages

Bears for Care

Ehud

Project Feel Good

Bridget

Bundles of Joy Blankets

Nana

Children Fun Time

Drew

LAX Clinic

Erika

Funday Sunday

Never Alone

Never Alone

Aleksa

A&J Family Run/Walk

Care Bear

Care Bears

Kaylee

Papa’s Painters

MCAS Breakfast

Vivian

Aquaponics

Rachel

Dancing Through Life

Jetxairy

Animal People

Amber

Inspire Me Mermaid

Nina

Mel’s Gifts

Bracelets

Beautiful Bracelets

Shannon

Shannon’s Cards

Scrapbook

Action!

Scrapbook

Voice From the Heart

Scrapbook

Not a Simple Piece of Rope

Scrapbook

Humble Hearts

Scrapbook

Scrapbook Kids!

Hair Bows

Cute and Girly Hair Bows: By Annette

Halloween Costume

Costume Collection

Safety Program

Clareese Cares

Giving Jewelry

Luis’ Cool Rubberbands

Birthdays For Homeless

A Child’s Dream

Basketball Court

A Basketball Court

Puppet Show

A Puppet Show!

Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

Gifts for Grandparents

Gifts for Grandparents

Brain Games

Brain Games

Diamonds Dance

Diamonds Dance

Pictures for Patients

Pictures for Patients

Get to Know Bellesini

Get to Know Bellesini

Sing it Out

Sing it Out

Baskets for BeliefBack
Participants: Alexa, Jacqueline, & Hannah
Age/Location:
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Green Banana SEO
Description: Created a prize box for childrent at Boston Children’s Hospitals Department of Neurology.\
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
Special DeliveriesBack
Participants: Sydni
Age/Location:
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Whole Foods Andover
Description: _______\
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
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A Cuddly ChanceBack
Participants: Elizabeth, Cynthia, & Salma
Age/Location:
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: The Andover Pottery Presents Fund
Description: The girls made homemade dog toys from plastic water bottles and tube socks.\
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Ella & Bella Dance ClinicBack
Participants: Isabella & Ella
Age/Location:
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Walker Clark Coaching
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
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Help the KidsBack
Participants: Danyelis
Age/Location:
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by:
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
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Goodie Bags for KidsBack
Participants: Gianna & Gracie
Age/Location: 6th Grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Brooks Summer Programs
Description: Gift bags and pinwheels for Boston Childrens Hospital
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
The Sea is LoveBack
Participants: Madisyn
Age/Location: 6th Grade, Girls Inc.,
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Environment; pursuing a passion
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Attended a weeklong camp at the New England Aquarium and is organizing an environmentally helpful project with some friends.
Key steps involved:
Soccer ClinicBack
Participants: Elizabeth, Cynthia, & Salma
Age/Location:
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Teaching; sports
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Ran a soccer clinic for young kids to introduce them to the game of soccer.
Key steps involved:
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
YDO LibraryBack
Participants: Camille
Age/Location: 7th Grade, Lawrence, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Reading; giving back; community building
Funded by: Marge and Carl Bindman
Description: Redesigned and decorated a new, inviting library space at YDO (www.ydolawrence.org), the after-school enrichment program she attends. This project also received support in the form of new books from 4th grader Ava’s project, the Project Feel Good read-a-thon fundraiser (2016-17).
Materials Purchased: Ornaments, crayons.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Charity GiversBack
Participants: Mia
Age/Location: 4th Grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Arts; entrepreneurship; philanthropy
Funded by: Orange Leaf
Description: Took sewing lessons with seamstress, Carrie Midura (https://carrieandfitz.wordpress.com), and then made a number of sewn items and fuse bead keychains to sell at the “Be Fearless!” Expo of women entrepreneurs in Lawrence, MA in August 2016. Proceeds were donated to charity:water.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Shovel a HydrantBack
Participants: Katie and Gabby
Age/Location: 8th Grade, Danvers, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Community building; safety
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Community campaign about the importance of shoveling out fire hydrants.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
The Giving PlantsBack
Participants: Cody, Brady & Joey
Age/Location: 5th Grade, Dracut, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Environment; farming; food
Funded by: Whole Foods Andover
Description: Volunteered at Berube Farm (www.berubefarm.org), a local farm in Dracut, MA, and learned how to plant crops; donated two CSA shares weekly in the summer and fall to Merrimack House, a family shelter in Lowell, MA.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
A Flower for CancerBack
Participants: Lorenzo
Age/Location: 5th Grade, Dracut, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Environment; disabilities; health
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Created a flower garden for The Holland Project (link: www.thehollandproject.com), a farm that offers programs for kids with disabilities, and led a fundraiser for Dr. David Sweetser’s cancer research lab at MGH. This project was in honor of a former classmate who went through cancer treatment.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Adoption ParadiseBack
Participants: Cyrilyn, Mariah, & Ariana
Age/Location: 8th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Foster children; kids
Funded by: ___
Description: Took several kids living in a group home to a trampoline park and shared a pizza lunch and played with them all afternoon.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Reducing Water BottlesBack
Participants: Hayden
Age/Location: 5th Grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Environment; recycling
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Poster campaign bringing awareness of how many plastic bottles are being used. Encouraged kids to bring a reusable water bottle.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Fitness FunBack
Participants: Brandon, Serena, & Angie
Age/Location: 7th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Fitness; kids; community building
Funded by: Whole Foods Andover
Description: Went to a nearby park on a Saturday morning with games and snacks to help entertain any kids who wanted to play and run around; also helped a woman set up for a birthday party.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Tools for SchoolsBack
Participants: Daniella & Mablean
Age/Location: 7th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Environment; recycling; school; international
Funded by: Whole Foods Andover
Description: Collected school supplies that would have been thrown away or recycled at the end of the year; organized a group to sort through them; donated them to schools in need locally and abroad (Cameroon).
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
J&J Family Fun Walk/RunBack
Participants: Jonathan & Jorge
Age/Location: 8th Grade, Lawrence, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Fitness; community building
Funded by: Whole Foods Andover
Description: Organized a fun activity to get people outside and moving at the Reservoir in Lawrence, MA; planned activities for young kids; gave out healthy snacks and drinks.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Baskets for BuddiesBack
Participants: Alexa, Jacqueline, & Hannah
Age/Location: 6th Grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Health; holidays; kids
Funded by: Green Banana SEO
Description: Easter Baskets for Bevery Hospitals pediactic unit.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Kyle’s MagicBack
Participants: Kyle & Kody
Age/Location: 3rd and 5th Grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Arts; magic; performance; kids; pursuing a passion
Funded by: Matt and Jake Katz
Description: Worked with professional illusionist Evan Northrup (www.evannorthrup.com) for several sessions to learn magic performance techniques; performed a magic show for preschoolers at the YMCA in Lawrence, MA.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
Extra SportsBack
Participants: Grace, Emma, Chase, & Sean
Age/Location: 3rd Grade, North Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Sports; teaching
Funded by: ___
Description: Led a sports activity for younger kids at an after-school program, with each leading a different sport, including soccer, gymnastics and baseball.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Let’s Kick CancerBack
Participants: Gabi, Ava, Gabriella & Maeve
Age/Location: 4th Grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Philanthropy; health; sports
Funded by: Temple Emanuel
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Planned and led a kickball tournament at their school’s annual ice cream social; raised money for The Jimmy Fund.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
M.A.S.H. Recovery WishesBack
Participants: Madison, Alyssa, Sarah & Hannah
Age/Location: 7th Grade, Danvers, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Health; community building; substance abuse
Funded by: Ace Home Medics
Description: Inspirational cards for teens in drug treatment centers.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Kare PackagesBack
Participants: Arianna, Ailish, Gabriela, Sharyn, Jacob, Joshua, Elijah, Xzayvier
Age/Location: 7th Grade, Haverhill, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Elderly; homelessness/poverty
Funded by: Temple Emanuel
Description: Planned and assembled care packages for homeless residents at Emmaus House (https://emmausinc.org); delivered them and toured the facility and met some residents. They also raised additional funds by planning a dance at their school.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
An Artistic MomentBack
Participants: Ella, Josie, & Kendall
Age/Location: 4th Grade, North Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Arts; little kids
Funded by: The Sequin of Kindness Presents Fund
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Planned and led an art workshop for younger kids in an after-school program; helped them with painting, clay and drawing.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Sanborn Gymnastics ClubBack
Participants: Stella, Claire, Mia, & Kara
Age/Location: 2nd Grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Sports; teaching; little kids
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Planned and taught a gymnastics class for 4-year-olds at the YMCA in Lawrence, MA for four consecutive weeks.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Food RunBack
Participants: Abbie, Jack, Dylan, Max, Luke E, Jayden, Alyssa, Connor, & Luke S
Age/Location: 1st and 5th Grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Food; homelessness/poverty
Funded by: Whole Foods Andover
Description: Kids organized a collection of food items
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Super Cancer FightersBack
Participants: Anna Julia, Anna Chhour, Angie, Socheat, & Briana
Age/Location: 7th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Health
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Created bins of comfort items for the General Hospital Cancer Center staff to give to patients
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Dreams Do Come TrueBack
Participants: Julie
Age/Location: 4th Grade, Dracut, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Rotary Club Dracut
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
KHBack
Participants: Kiannah & Herismayra
Age/Location: 6th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Kick ItBack
Participants: Abby, Samantha, Julia & Todd
Age/Location: 6th Grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Sports; teaching; kids
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Kids ran a soccer clinic for 3rd graders interested in learning the sport.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
N.E.L.S. SavageBack
Participants: Elizabeth, Lilian, Stefany, & Natalia
Age/Location: 8th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Oakgrove Residential
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Hope of PlayBack
Participants: Louis
Age/Location: 7th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Oakgrove Residential
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
The Friendly School Supply ProjectBack
Participants: Daphne, Khadija, & Martha
Age/Location: 5th Grade, Girls Inc.
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Oakgrove Residential
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Games for HopeBack
Participants: Mackenzie & Jake
Age/Location: 6th and 8th Grade, Danvers, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Games; health; substance abuse
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Kids organized a collection of board games and cards for youth living in group homes and treatment centers.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Kinder-tasticBack
Participants: Kena, Stephanie, & Alexis
Age/Location: 6th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: The Palsetia Family
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Great Time Fun Time Part IIBack
Participants: Princess, Alex, Leann, Adelaide, Adeline, Jeffrey, Prince, Anthony, & Rancelis
Age/Location: 7th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Brooks Summer Programs
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
8th Grade YearbookBack
Participants: 8th grade lighthouse team
Age/Location: 8th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Oakgrove Residential
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Materials Purchased: Ornaments, crayons.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
All Star ChampsBack
Participants: Devon & Dylan
Age/Location: 5th Grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Sports; teaching
Funded by: Whole Foods Andover
Description: The boys organized aa workshop about football recruitment with a college and professional recruiter.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
CLT Cooking TeamBack
Participants: Theresa, Lory, & Chelsea
Age/Location: 7th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Whole Foods Andover
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
The Fleece MakersBack
Participants: Anneliese, Tabitha, Sheilyn & Brianna
Age/Location: 5th Grade, Girls Inc.
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Love AnimalsBack
Participants: Scarlett, Joyce, Jabela, & Arianna
Age/Location: 6th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Oakgrove Residential
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Baby RainbowBack
Participants: Tyler & Jayde
Age/Location: 6th Grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Arts; health
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: The kids learned to crochet and then made blankets for newborns at Beverly Hospital
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Preschool FunBack
Participants: Melyssa, Evelyn, Adjoa, & Briana
Age/Location: 7th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Whole Foods Andover
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Create Pursue ReactBack
Participants: Katie
Age/Location: 2nd Grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Andover Family Dental
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Sports ClinicsBack
Participants: Theodosia, Yvonne, Krystal, & Kaibeh
Age/Location: 8th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Feel Good InkBack
Participants: Anna, Ethan, Brenna & Grace
Age/Location: 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade, Danvers, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Homeless/poverty
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Kids organized a collection of toiletries for youth and adults in transition and living in shelters.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
The Doggie BakestersBack
Participants: Mayara, Cassidy, Hillary, Jynnarhye, Nathalia, Mariam, & Lineidy
Age/Location: 6th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: The Andover Pottery Presents Fund
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Soldiers & VeteransBack
Participants: Hayilice & Nina
Age/Location: 5th Grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: John Hilliard
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Musical Happiness: bringing smiles through musicBack
Participants: Amanda (with Elina, Alison, Tiernan, Neila & Jayna)
Age/Location: 3rd Grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Walker Clark Coaching
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Animal Abuse AwarenessBack
Participants: Robert, Aiden, Bryan, Liam, Chauncy, & Avery
Age/Location: 5th and 1st Grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Animals; teaching
Funded by: The Andover Pottery Presents Fund
Description: Local Vetrenarian Sue Meaney spoke to group/class about the proper care and treatment of animals.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Daycare Chuck E CheeseBack
Participants: Ernestine, Mariam, Lokshree, Temilayo, Lineidy, & Cindy
Age/Location: 6th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Brooks Summer Programs
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Health Class for KidsBack
Participants: Evelyn & Alison
Age/Location: 2nd Grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Embarc
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Sweet TreatsBack
Participants: Cindy, Lokshree, Lineidy, Temilayo, Joylyn, & Mariam
Age/Location: 6th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Helping UpBack
Participants: Nick & Brady
Age/Location: 6th Grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Health
Funded by: Jester Financial
Description: Boys made fleece blankets for patients in Hospice.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
The JemsBack
Participants: Joille, Emy, Roselyn, Janae, Raychel, Serenity, & Delaylah
Age/Location: 3rd, 4th, and 6th Grade, Lawrence, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Whole Foods Andover
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Arts & CraftsBack
Participants: Bori & Cindy
Age/Location: 5th Grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Emma’s Presents Fund
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Warmer Kids, Happy KidsBack
Participants: Maria
Age/Location: 8th Grade, Haverhill, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Brooks Summer Programs
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Keep it KozyBack
Participants: Quinn, Lina, Maddie, Olivia & RJ
Age/Location: 5th Grade, Danvers, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Clothing; homelessness/poverty
Funded by: North Shore Bank
Description: Warm clothing drive for families living in shelters on the North Shore.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
TNABack
Participants: Tyana, Niomi, & Aleksa
Age/Location: 8th Grade, Lawrence, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Andover Family Dental
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Games to Make a DifferenceBack
Participants: Noah, Lucas & Luke
Age/Location: 2nd Grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Laura Mobley Winik in memory of Bridget Lucy
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Y.E.S. Youth Exploration ScienceBack
Participants: Aparna & Taylor
Age/Location: 5th Grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Sanborn Elementary School
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Helping Hands and HeartsBack
Participants: Ella, Sophia, Sarah, Celena, Infinity, Julia, Klea, Isabella, Kayla, & Mackenzie
Age/Location: 5th and 1st Grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Animals
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Donation of Blankets and Towels to North East Animal Shelter
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Easter FunzeesBack
Participants: Lineidy, Cindy, Temilayo, Lokshree, Ernestine, & Mariam
Age/Location: 6th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Oakdale Residential
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Candy HuntBack
Participants: Holly
Age/Location: 4th Grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: ________
Funded by: Fuddrucker’s
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Dance Explosion ExplorationBack
Participants: Chloe, Paige, Lauren & Emma
Age/Location: 5th Grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Performing arts, teaching
Funded by: Walker Clark Coaching
Description: Planned and led a 6-week after-school dance class for 1st graders at their school, culminating in a performance for parents and at their school meeting.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Bags of FunBack
Participants: Destinee & Samantha
Age/Location: 7th Grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Homelessness/poverty; kids
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Art supply and activity bags for children living in shelters on the North Shore.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
A Book is a SmileBack
Participants: Holly
Age/Location: 4th Grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Reading, health
Funded by: Leonard Orthodontics
Description: Initiated a book drive at her school to collect board books for the Reach Out & Read program at the Lowell Community Health Center, that gives a book to each child who comes for an annual wellness visit. She donated over 300 books!
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Be Active!Back
Participants: Jayden
Age/Location: 6th Grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Philanthropy, special needs/disabilities
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Gave scooters and an iPod to The Cotting School to help kids with disabilities improve their gross motor skills.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Tremendous TutoringBack
Participants: Isabelle D. & Mackenzie
Age/Location: 5th Grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Teaching, kids
Funded by: ____
Description: Planned and led a variety of academic activities for kindergartners at the SHED after-school program in Andover, MA.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Helping PeopleBack
Participants: Daniel & Jonathon
Age/Location: 5th and 1st Grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Health; kids
Funded by: Jester Financial
Description: The boys created treasure boxes for kids who go through the Emergency Department at Beverly Hospital.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
A Gymnastics ClassBack
Participants: Elena & Avary
Age/Location: 3rd-4th grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Sports, teaching
Funded by: Kiwanis Greater Lawrence
Description: Planned and led an afternoon activity at Brookdale Senior Living in North Chelmsford.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
The Giving GirlsBack
Participants: Rosalie, Fiona, Ariana, and Emma
Age/Location: 5th grade, Dracut, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Elderly, performing arts
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Planned an afternoon of activities for seniors, including a dance and singing performance, flower bouquets and bingo.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Pop-Up Project: Mill No. 5 Farm ProjectBack
What is a Pop-Up Project? It’s a spontaneous, totally voluntary service project led by one of our past participants that is open to anyone! We help to identify a service site looking for groups of volunteers, we and the youth leader spread the word to all local participants and their networks, everyone shows up and gives 100%, and other people’s lives are helped!
Leader: ______
Participants: Angie and Briana
Age/Location: 7th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Kids, reading, arts
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Led storytimes and crafts for little kids at the Farm Market at Mill No. 5.
Key steps involved: Getting the word out to local Aaron’s Presents alumni, coordinating rides, sorting clothing donations and assembling duffel bags with a pillow, toothbrush and toothpaste, stuffed animal, sunscreen and shampoo for local children who are going to summer camp but do not have access to needed supplies.
Ella’s EnchantmentBack
Participants: Emma
Age/Location: 7th grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Health
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: A special basket of favorites for a young girl fighting cancer. Ella’s Army!
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Project TransportationBack
Participants: Eric
Age/Location: 7th grade, Lawrence, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Safety, sports
Funded by: Salvatore’s
Description: Successfully wrote a letter to Home Depot asking for assistance with acquiring the first bike rack for his school; assembled and installed it with help from a local adult volunteer.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Presents for People in NeedBack
Participants: Rebekah and Elvin
Age/Location: 7th grade, Lawrence, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Homelessness/poverty
Funded by: Whole Foods Andover
Description: Shopped for food and supplies needed by individuals living under a bridge in Lawrence, MA; delivered them in person and shared lunch and talked with residents.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration

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Participants: Theodesia, Yvonne, Krystal, and Kaibeh
Age/Location: 8th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Homelessness/poverty
Funded by: Brooks Summer Programs
Description: Shopped for and wrapped holiday gifts for several local children in need; delivered to The Wish Project.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Be Fair to DogsBack
Participants: Kathryn, Dylan, Hugh, Aiden, Liam, Carina, Jackson, & Alex
Age/Location: 8th grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Animals
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: The kids created gift packages of blankets, bags, treats and toys for the dogs at a local doggie day care.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
A Christmas Gift from the HeartBack
Participants: Temilayo, Kena, Jaylynne, Ashley, Alexis, and Ernestine
Age/Location: 6th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: ______
Project Category: Homelessness/poverty
Funded by: Carly’s Presents Fund
Description: Planned and threw a holiday party for families at the House of Hope, Lowell, MA.
Materials Purchased: Ornaments, crayons.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Santa’s ElvesBack
Participants: Mayara, Mariam, Cassidy, Hillary, Jynnarhye, Nathalia, and Khaylanna
Age/Location: 6th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: ______
Project Category: Homelessness/poverty
Funded by: Charles and Alexis Aggouras
Description: Planned and threw a holiday party for families at Merrimack House shelter in Lowell, MA.
Materials Purchased: Ornaments, crayons.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Fuzzy Wuzzy’sBack
Participants: Paige H., Paige M., and Isabelle D.
Age/Location: 5th grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: _________
Project Category: Elderly, arts
Funded by: _____
Description: Planned and led a craft activity with seniors at Marland Place, Andover, MA, making yarn dolls that are worn around the neck. When wearers give someone a compliment, they give a strand from the doll.
Materials Purchased: Ornaments, crayons.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Gifts for GoodBack
Participants: Caitlin & Alysa
Age/Location: 7th grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: _________
Project Category: Health; kids
Funded by: Oakgrove Residential
Description: Gift baskets for childen at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Materials Purchased: Ornaments, crayons.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Secret SantasBack
Participants: Leah, Laylah, Nahlani, Olivia, Erika, Vivian, and Chelsea
Age/Location: 8th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: Reach Out
Project Category: Community building
Funded by: Carly’s Presents Fund
Description: Planned and made small gift boxes for their entire class and teachers; delivered them to each student as a surprise the morning before winter break.
Materials Purchased: Ornaments, crayons.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Generation OrnamentsBack
Participants: Gabby
Age/Location: 4th grade, Dracut, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: Reach Out
Project Category: Elderly, arts
Funded by: Deloitte
Description: Planned and led an ornament-making craft activity with seniors living at Brookdale nursing home in North Chelmsford, MA.
Materials Purchased: Ornaments, crayons.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Pop-Up Project: The Cotting SchoolBack
What is a Pop-Up Project? It’s a spontaneous, totally voluntary service project led by one of our past participants that is open to anyone! We help to identify a service site looking for groups of volunteers, we and the youth leader spread the word to all local participants and their networks, everyone shows up and gives 100%, and other people’s lives are helped!
Leader: ______
Participants: Catherine, Nana, Chelsey, Celeste, and Cyrilyn
Age/Location: 8th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: __________
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Led crafts and face painting activities at The Cotting School’s fall community-building event.
Materials Purchased: Rental van and lunch.
Key steps involved: Getting the word out to local Aaron’s Presents alumni, coordinating rides, sorting clothing donations and assembling duffel bags with a pillow, toothbrush and toothpaste, stuffed animal, sunscreen and shampoo for local children who are going to summer camp but do not have access to needed supplies.
Baby Care PackagesBack
Participants: Mackenzie, Nikki, Skyler, & Madison
Age/Location: 5th and 1st grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: _________
Project Category: Health
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: The girls created gift bags for new mothers and babies at Beverly Hospital.
Materials Purchased: Ornaments, crayons.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, helped coordinate visit with Brookdale staff, and interacted with residents, helping them make their ornaments.
“It made me feel like I could make people feel happy! It was a good, no, great feeling. And I think I can make more people happy!”
– from speech given at 2016 Celebration
Pop-Up Project: Opening Our DoorsBack
What is a Pop-Up Project? It’s a spontaneous, totally voluntary service project led by one of our past participants that is open to anyone! We help to identify a service site looking for groups of volunteers, we and the youth leader spread the word to all local participants and their networks, everyone shows up and gives 100%, and other people’s lives are helped!
Leader: ______
Participants: Leah, Laylah, Nahlani, Olivia, Erika, Vivian, and Kayla
Age/Location: 8th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Project Category: Community building, arts
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Led crafts for Fenway Alliance’s annual community-building event.
Materials Purchased: Rental van and lunch.
Key steps involved: Getting the word out to local Aaron’s Presents alumni, coordinating rides, sorting clothing donations and assembling duffel bags with a pillow, toothbrush and toothpaste, stuffed animal, sunscreen and shampoo for local children who are going to summer camp but do not have access to needed supplies.
Blankets for KidsBack
Participants: Caroline and Ella
Age/Location: 5th grade, Lawrence, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: ______
Project Category: Homelessness/poverty, arts
Funded by: The Deborah Lucci Team
Description: Made and delivered blankets for families living at the FINA House shelter in Lawrence, MA.
Materials Purchased: Scale, blood pressure kit, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, ziploc bags.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, designed flyer, health form for blood pressure and BMI results and general information, met with Dr. Anna Raji, diabetes specialist who volunteered to help at the event, met with Josh White, LTLC Director, facilitated discussion with a group of single homeless adults and wrote post-event notes./td>
“[O]ne of the biggest things I realized when doing this was that a big reason many [homeless] people weren’t able to change their lifestyle was because they had no one to support them. A big part of our lives is the people who support us, like our family and friends. Without that cornerstone, it’s hard to lead a stable life because there will be no one to back us up. Doing this project has taught me so much about valuing those around us and not taking anything for granted.”
– from speech given at 2015 Celebration
Bows and BoutiquesBack
Participants: Emily and Jennie
Age/Location: 5th grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: ______
Project Category: Health, kids, arts
Funded by: The Deborah Lucci Team
Description: Created hair bows as uplifting gifts for pediatric patients at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, MA.
Materials Purchased: Scale, blood pressure kit, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, ziploc bags.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, designed flyer, health form for blood pressure and BMI results and general information, met with Dr. Anna Raji, diabetes specialist who volunteered to help at the event, met with Josh White, LTLC Director, facilitated discussion with a group of single homeless adults and wrote post-event notes./td>
“[O]ne of the biggest things I realized when doing this was that a big reason many [homeless] people weren’t able to change their lifestyle was because they had no one to support them. A big part of our lives is the people who support us, like our family and friends. Without that cornerstone, it’s hard to lead a stable life because there will be no one to back us up. Doing this project has taught me so much about valuing those around us and not taking anything for granted.”
– from speech given at 2015 Celebration
All Paws InBack
Participants: Ashley & Jacqueline
Age/Location: 6th grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: ______
Project Category: Animals
Funded by: Oakgrove Residential
Description: Pet supplies and treats for the animals at Lucky Dog Day Care
Materials Purchased: Scale, blood pressure kit, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, ziploc bags.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, designed flyer, health form for blood pressure and BMI results and general information, met with Dr. Anna Raji, diabetes specialist who volunteered to help at the event, met with Josh White, LTLC Director, facilitated discussion with a group of single homeless adults and wrote post-event notes./td>
“[O]ne of the biggest things I realized when doing this was that a big reason many [homeless] people weren’t able to change their lifestyle was because they had no one to support them. A big part of our lives is the people who support us, like our family and friends. Without that cornerstone, it’s hard to lead a stable life because there will be no one to back us up. Doing this project has taught me so much about valuing those around us and not taking anything for granted.”
– from speech given at 2015 Celebration
Thanksgiving HelpBack
Participants: Michael, Ella, and Jack
Age/Location: 3rd-4th grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: ____
Project Category: Homelessness/poverty, food
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Personally delivered bags of groceries containing items requested by the recipients to six low-income families.
Materials Purchased: Scale, blood pressure kit, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, ziploc bags.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, designed flyer, health form for blood pressure and BMI results and general information, met with Dr. Anna Raji, diabetes specialist who volunteered to help at the event, met with Josh White, LTLC Director, facilitated discussion with a group of single homeless adults and wrote post-event notes./td>
“[O]ne of the biggest things I realized when doing this was that a big reason many [homeless] people weren’t able to change their lifestyle was because they had no one to support them. A big part of our lives is the people who support us, like our family and friends. Without that cornerstone, it’s hard to lead a stable life because there will be no one to back us up. Doing this project has taught me so much about valuing those around us and not taking anything for granted.”
– from speech given at 2015 Celebration
Spaulding BasketballBack
Participants: Matt and Josh
Age/Location: 7th grade, Westford, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: _____
Project Category: Sports, health
Funded by: Greg and Jill Kunkel
Description: Assembled and delivered 20 doorframe basketball hoops for patients at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, MA to help them with their recovery.
Materials Purchased: Scale, blood pressure kit, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, ziploc bags.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, designed flyer, health form for blood pressure and BMI results and general information, met with Dr. Anna Raji, diabetes specialist who volunteered to help at the event, met with Josh White, LTLC Director, facilitated discussion with a group of single homeless adults and wrote post-event notes./td>
“[O]ne of the biggest things I realized when doing this was that a big reason many [homeless] people weren’t able to change their lifestyle was because they had no one to support them. A big part of our lives is the people who support us, like our family and friends. Without that cornerstone, it’s hard to lead a stable life because there will be no one to back us up. Doing this project has taught me so much about valuing those around us and not taking anything for granted.”
– from speech given at 2015 Celebration
James’ Emergency ToolboxBack
Participants: Alyssa
Age/Location: 7th grade, Methuen, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: _____
Project Category: Health, kids
Funded by: The Dr. Allan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Assembled bins containing a charging station and all types of phone charging cables for surgical waiting rooms at Tufts Medical Center and other local hospitals, in honor of her brave cousin, James.
Materials Purchased: Tap shoes for all participants, phone charger, tote bags, fabric markers, ice cream bars and stickers.
Key steps involved: Researched tap shoes, met with YWCA program director, planned and taught two 90-minute classes each week for 8 weeks, designed flyer and application, organized final performance for parents.
“This is important because when I was younger I couldn’t afford dance…I would feel proud since I would be able to change a child’s life and give them an opportunity I didn’t have.”
– from Application
Kids Helping KidsBack
Participants: Tyler & Rylie
Age/Location: 5th & 1st grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: _____
Project Category: Kids; school; international
Funded by: Whole Foods Andover
Description: In support of their school nurse who was going on a mission to a village in El Salvador, the kids filled backpacks school supplies.
Materials Purchased: Tap shoes for all participants, phone charger, tote bags, fabric markers, ice cream bars and stickers.
Key steps involved: Researched tap shoes, met with YWCA program director, planned and taught two 90-minute classes each week for 8 weeks, designed flyer and application, organized final performance for parents.
“This is important because when I was younger I couldn’t afford dance…I would feel proud since I would be able to change a child’s life and give them an opportunity I didn’t have.”
– from Application
Great Time Harvest TimeBack
Participants: Ernestine, Princess, Lineidy, Prince, Mariam, Jeffrey
Age/Location: 6th-7th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: _____
Project Category: Homelessness/poverty
Funded by: Christina Hamilton Award
Description: Planned and threw a Halloween party for 7 families at the Merrimack House shelter in Lowell
Materials Purchased: Tap shoes for all participants, phone charger, tote bags, fabric markers, ice cream bars and stickers.
Key steps involved: Researched tap shoes, met with YWCA program director, planned and taught two 90-minute classes each week for 8 weeks, designed flyer and application, organized final performance for parents.
“This is important because when I was younger I couldn’t afford dance…I would feel proud since I would be able to change a child’s life and give them an opportunity I didn’t have.”
– from Application
Want to Join?Back
Participants: Kelsey
Age/Location: 4th grade, Lawrence, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: _____
Project Category: Community building, kids
Funded by: Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Designed a T-shirt to spread awareness about Si, Se Puede, an after-school program in Lawrence, in an effort to get more kids involved.
Materials Purchased: Tap shoes for all participants, phone charger, tote bags, fabric markers, ice cream bars and stickers.
Key steps involved: Researched tap shoes, met with YWCA program director, planned and taught two 90-minute classes each week for 8 weeks, designed flyer and application, organized final performance for parents./td>
“This is important because when I was younger I couldn’t afford dance…I would feel proud since I would be able to change a child’s life and give them an opportunity I didn’t have.”
– from Application
Vids for KidsBack
Participants: Olivia
Age/Location: 5th grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: Tap In
Project Category: Community building, technology
Funded by: Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Worked with mentor Dan Brennan to learn video editing and shooting techniques, and then created a video featuring classmates about friendship and compassion; showed the video at start-of-school assembly.
Materials Purchased: Tap shoes for all participants, phone charger, tote bags, fabric markers, ice cream bars and stickers.
Key steps involved: Researched tap shoes, met with YWCA program director, planned and taught two 90-minute classes each week for 8 weeks, designed flyer and application, organized final performance for parents./td>
“This is important because when I was younger I couldn’t afford dance…I would feel proud since I would be able to change a child’s life and give them an opportunity I didn’t have.”
– from Application
A Helping PawBack
Participants: Ashley & Alexa
Age/Location: 6th grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: ____
Project Category: Animals
Funded by: Oakgrove Residential
Description: Laundry baskets of dog & cat toys, treats and blankets for animals at local animal shelter.
Materials Purchased: Tap shoes for all participants, phone charger, tote bags, fabric markers, ice cream bars and stickers.
Key steps involved: Researched tap shoes, met with YWCA program director, planned and taught two 90-minute classes each week for 8 weeks, designed flyer and application, organized final performance for parents./td>
“This is important because when I was younger I couldn’t afford dance…I would feel proud since I would be able to change a child’s life and give them an opportunity I didn’t have.”
– from Application
Pop-Up Project #1: The Wish ProjectBack
What is a Pop-Up Project? It’s a spontaneous, totally voluntary service project led by one of our past participants that is open to anyone! We help to identify a service site looking for groups of volunteers, we and the youth leader spread the word to all local participants and their networks, everyone shows up and gives 100%, and other people’s lives are helped!
Leader: Catherine
Participants: Amber, Catherine, Chelsey, Erika, Keith, Larybeth, Laylah, Leah, Leeann, Mablean, Matthew, Rachel, Tracy and Vivian
Age/Location: 6th-10th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Homelessness/poverty
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Assembled backpacks with school supplies for kids and sorted bins of clothing donations
Materials Purchased: Rental van and lunch.
Key steps involved: Getting the word out to local Aaron’s Presents alumni, coordinating rides, sorting clothing donations and assembling duffel bags with a pillow, toothbrush and toothpaste, stuffed animal, sunscreen and shampoo for local children who are going to summer camp but do not have access to needed supplies.
Operation FarewellBack
Grant Recipients: 7th Grade Student Lighthouse Team: Catherine, Celeste, Chelsey, Cyrilyn, Deborah, Erika, Kesey, Nana, Shania, Vivian
Age/Location: 7th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2014-15
Grant Type: Reach Out
Project Category: Community Building, Giving Back
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Created CD’s containing class photos for the whole 7th grade.
Materials Purchased: 100 CD’s
Key steps involved: Collecting and selecting photos from classmates and teachers, uploading them and burning onto CD’s, distributing at the end of year class party.
Dance for LawrenceBack
Grant Recipients: Yanny
Age/Location: 8th grade, Lawrence, MA
Year: 2014-15
Grant Type: Tap In
Project Category: Dance, Teaching, Children
Funded by: Andover Family Dental and Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence
Description: Taught a dance class for 15 young children at the Lawrence YWCA summer program.
Materials Purchased: Tap shoes for all participants, phone charger, tote bags, fabric markers, ice cream bars and stickers.
Key steps involved: Researched tap shoes, met with YWCA program director, planned and taught two 90-minute classes each week for 8 weeks, designed flyer and application, organized final performance for parents./td>
“This is important because when I was younger I couldn’t afford dance…I would feel proud since I would be able to change a child’s life and give them an opportunity I didn’t have.”
– from Application
Care for KidsBack
Grant Recipients: Rachel, Mia, Jenna, Swetha, Aja, Mikayla, Elise, Sonya, Brandon, & Scott
Age/Location: 7th grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: ____
Project Category: Health; kids
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Baskets with blankets, toys and activities for childrent at North Shore Childrens Hospital.
Materials Purchased: Tap shoes for all participants, phone charger, tote bags, fabric markers, ice cream bars and stickers.
Key steps involved: Researched tap shoes, met with YWCA program director, planned and taught two 90-minute classes each week for 8 weeks, designed flyer and application, organized final performance for parents./td>
“This is important because when I was younger I couldn’t afford dance…I would feel proud since I would be able to change a child’s life and give them an opportunity I didn’t have.”
– from Application
A Healthy OutlookBack
Grant Recipients: Mangai
Age/Location: 8th grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2014-15
Grant Type: Reach Out
Project Category: Homelessness, Health & Food
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Organized and led a morning of group discussion and individual meetings with a doctor about health issues facing single clients living at the Lowell Transitional Living Center, a homeless shelter in Lowell.
Materials Purchased: Scale, blood pressure kit, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, ziploc bags.
Key steps involved: Researched materials, designed flyer, health form for blood pressure and BMI results and general information, met with Dr. Anna Raji, diabetes specialist who volunteered to help at the event, met with Josh White, LTLC Director, facilitated discussion with a group of single homeless adults and wrote post-event notes./td>
“[O]ne of the biggest things I realized when doing this was that a big reason many [homeless] people weren’t able to change their lifestyle was because they had no one to support them. A big part of our lives is the people who support us, like our family and friends. Without that cornerstone, it’s hard to lead a stable life because there will be no one to back us up. Doing this project has taught me so much about valuing those around us and not taking anything for granted.”
– from speech given at 2015 Celebration
Mangai
The Book DoctorBack
Grant Recipients: Juliana
Age/Location: 1st grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2014-15
Grant Type: Tap In
Project Category: Education, Environment
Funded by: The 6th Grade Class at Temple Emmanuel, Andover,MA
Description: Learned how to repair books from a librarian mentor and repairs books whenever needed.
Materials Purchased: Book tape, mending slips, tape, tape dispenser, scissors, rubber band ball, 4-way bands and acid-free glue.
Key steps involved: Trained with a librarian mentor and repaired books at The Pike School in Andover, MA.
“This project is important to me because I saw broken books. I wanted to fix them!”
– from Application
Reach Out FoundationBack
Grant Recipients: Elisa and Natasha
Age/Location: 6th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2014-15
Grant Type: Reach Out
Project Category: Homelessness, Children
Funded by: SalemFive
Description: Assembled individualized gift bags for 11 children, started a “gift closet” for moms and provided other general supplies for families living at Merrimack House in Lowell.
Materials Purchased: Toys and games, gift bags, art supplies and baby supplies.
Key steps involved: Shopped for materials, assembled and labeled gift bags, wrote cards, delivered bags to kids and families.
“[This project is important to us because we are] going to help people but also help us be better people when we are bigger.”
– from Application
Elisa
Shelter HelpersBack
Grant Recipients: Rachel & Sonya
Age/Location: 7th grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2015-16
Grant Type: Animals
Project Category: Homelessness, Children
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Crates filled with supplies for the dogs and cats, including paper towels, toys, treats and bath towels.
Materials Purchased: Toys and games, gift bags, art supplies and baby supplies.
Key steps involved: Shopped for materials, assembled and labeled gift bags, wrote cards, delivered bags to kids and families.
“[This project is important to us because we are] going to help people but also help us be better people when we are bigger.”
– from Application
Elisa
Stage-Fright WorkshopBack
Grant Recipients: Olivia and Rebecca
Age/Location: 1st and 5th grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2014-15
Grant Type: Reach Out
Project Category: Arts, Teaching
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Organized and led a workshop to help 1st graders overcome their stage-fright and gain self-confidence speaking in front of peers.
Materials Purchased: Markers, poster board and other supplies.
Key steps involved: Planned workshop activities, led workshop and served as role models by overcoming their own stage fright.
“When I was little I was scared to do anything and theatre helped me get past that. I want theatre to help others too…I would feel very proud because I would know I helped other kids.”
– Rebecca, from Application
Physical FitnessBack
Grant Recipients: Sam
Age/Location: 5th grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2014-15
Grant Type: Tap In
Project Category: Health, Sports
Funded by: North Shore Bank (employee’s Jeans Day)
Description: Worked to further his knowledge about physical fitness and improve his lifestyle through exercise, and shared his experience with peers.
Materials Purchased: Weights, athletic tape, iTunes card, jumprope, core wheel and water bottle.
Key steps involved: Planning and shopping for workout equipment and book about healthy living, and speaking to his class about what he learned.
“I think I would feel great because I’ll be fit.”
– from Application
Angelic HelpersBack
Grant Recipients: Ally, Brandon, Samantha, Serena
Age/Location: 6th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Homelessness, Children
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Assembled individualized gift bags for 35 children and other general supplies for families living at the House of Hope in Lowell.
Key steps involved: Shopped for materials, assembled and labeled gift bags, designed a card, delivered bags to kids and families.
“[I would feel] thankful and grateful that I did this because I did something amazing and I just want to help more and more.”
– Samantha, from Application
Serena
Paper PoliceBack
Grant Recipients: Amelia, Brooke, Kayla & Michael
Age/Location: 4th grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Environment, School Culture
Funded by: North Shore Bank (employee’s Jeans Day)
Description: Organized a school-wide recycling program and recycling information board.
Key steps involved: Shopping for bulletin board, picking up recycling bins (generously dontated by the city of Beverly); placing bins in classrooms, posting weekly information about recycling and recognizing classrooms that recycle the most.
“We need to help save trees…[We will feel] proud and inspired to keep making our community a better place.”
– from Application
Coloring for CourageBack
Grant Recipients: Emma, Olivia, Rachel & Zoe
Age/Location: 6th grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Arts, School Culture, Community Building
Funded by: The Sequin of Kindness™ Presents Fund
Description: Organized and designed a positive message poster campaign for Higgins Middle School in Peabody, MA. Posters will be framed and hung on the walls of the school.
Key steps involved: Shopped for supplies, talked about the messages they wanted to convey and designed and made posters; led a poster-making session during April Vacation activities at The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston.
“Everyone within the school will see the posters and feel good about themselves. People need more positivity in their lives, and one good word can go a long way.”
– from Application
Puppy PlantationsBack
Grant Recipients: Audrey, Casey, Charlie & Jamie
Age/Location: 5th grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Animals
Funded in memory of: Mrs. Kathryn Schuler
Funded by: Fabio Malagisi
Description: Donated needed items to Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, MA.
Key steps involved: Organized blanket drive at school by making school wide announcements and sending request home in kids folders, shopped for new supplies and food and delivered items to shelter.
“I have a very pampered dog and I think all animals should be loved like that.”
– from Application
River HouseBack
Grant Recipients: Austin, David & Matthew
Age/Location: 5th grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Homelessness, Health
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Assembled toiletry gift bags for men at the River House Shelter in Beverly, MA.
Key steps involved: Planned bags, shopped for supplies, assembled gift bags and delivered to shelter.
“We want to help the homeless…[We would feel] happy and excited because we are helping a lot of people.”
– from Application
Friend-shippBack
Age/Location: 5th grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2014-15
Grant Type: Reach Out
Project Category: Children, Games
Funded by: North Shore Bank (employee’s Jeans Day)
Description: Provided new playground and sandbox toys for kids at the Friend-Shipp Pre-school in Beverly, MA.
Key steps involved: Planned items, shopped for supplies and delivered them to the Friend-Shipp Pre-school.
“It would feel great that I know kids are being active. If kids like to play on it then I know we accomplished our goal.”
– from Application
Great Time Fun TimeBack
Grant Recipients: Adelaide, Adeline, Alexandria, Alexis, Jeffrey, Leann, Melinah, Princess, Rancelis and Victoria
Age/Location: 6th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Little Kids
Funded by: Augmenix, Inc.
Description: Organized an afternoon of tie-dying shirts, water and other outdoor games for little kids from the Boys & Girls Club in Lowell.
Key steps involved: Plan activities and supplies, coordinate dates, rides and logistics for a large group, set up and clean up, lead activities and play with the little kids.
“We would feel amazed knowing that we are one of the people that changed the world by helping others.”
– from Application
Princess
Happy PackagesBack
Grant Recipients: Addison & Mary
Age/Location: 1st and 5th grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Illness, Children
Funded by: North Shore Bank (employee’s Jeans Day)
Description: Assembled 25 activity bags for the pediatric patients at Beverly Hospital in Beverly, MA, to help make the kids happy and feel better while they are in the hospital. Bags included crayons, paper, coloring books, puzzle, play-dough and a stuffed animal.
Key steps involved: Planned bags, shopped for supplies, wrote cards, assembled bags and delivered them to the Volunteer Department at Beverly Hospital.
“When I was little I was in the hospital and I think it would be neat to give sick kids presents and make them feel happy.”
– from Application
Bears for CareBack
Grant Recipients: Amber, Bridget & Emily
Age/Location: 6th grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Illness, Children
Funded by: North Shore Bank (employee’s Jeans Day)
Description: Assembled care packages of stuffed animals & books for kids at Mass General for Children at North Shore Medical Center in Salem, MA.
Key steps involved: Shopped for supplies, wrapped books and stuffed animals in ribbon with a lollipop and delivered to the Volunteer Department at hospital.
“This experience has really changed my life, made me a better person. This project showed me my life isn’t so bad, because when we went to the hospital we couldn’t even see the kids because some were too sick.”
– Bridget, from Thank-You Letter
Nana
Project Feel GoodBack
Grant Recipients: Ehud and Emmanuel
Age/Location: 6th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Little Kids
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Meadowlands Ice Cream, Tewksbury, MA
Description: Organized an afternoon sports and games for 1st graders at their school on a Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club in Lowell.
Key steps involved: Plan activities and supplies, speak to all of the 1st grade classes and answer questions, recruit other 6th grade volunteers, set up and clean up, play games with 1st graders.
“We would feel awesome because we can help the world be a better place with little ideas.”
– from Application
Nana
Bundles of Joy BlanketsBack
Grant Recipients: Hailee, Jordyn & Madeline
Age/Location: 6th grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Illness, Babies/Families
Funded by: North Shore Bank (employee’s Jeans Day)
Description: Made fleece baby blankets for newborns at North Shore Medical Center in Salem, MA.
Key steps involved: Shopping for materials and fleece, putting the blankets together, decorating them with ribbon, and delivering to the hospital.
“We would feel awesome because we can help the world be a better place with little ideas.”
– from Application
Nana
Children Fun TimeBack
Grant Recipients: Catherine, Celeste, Cyrilyn, Deborah, Nana
Age/Location: 7th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Homelessness, Little Kids
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Organized a fun afternoon of playing, face painting and water fun for kids living at Merrimack House in Lowell.
Key steps involved: Plan activities and supplies, set up and clean up.
“I’ve learned that the little things count; making people happy is great.”
– Catherine, from Post-project Survey
“I learned how to be more patient when waiting for things. It changed me to be a better person and smile more.”
– Celeste, from Post-project Survey
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LAX ClinicBack
Grant Recipients: Braeden and Drew
Age/Location: 6th grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Sports, Teaching
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Organized a lacrosse clinic for U9 and U11 players led by four U13 lacrosse players; covered the basics of a game of lacrosse and taught the kids different skills and practice drills to become better players; ended clinic with a cookout and gave the kids visors.
Key steps involved: Planned clinic details, emailed U9 & U11 players inviting them to participate, coached clinic and handed out visors to kids in attendance.
“I was surprised by how many kids came. My power made them better at lacrosse.”
– Braeden, from Thank-You Letter
Funday SundayBack
Grant Recipients: Chelsey, Erika, Kayla, Laylah, Leah, Olivia, Vivian
Age/Location: 7th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Homelessness, Little Kids
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Organized a fun afternoon of playing and cookie decorating at The House of Hope in Lowell.
Key steps involved: Plan activities and supplies, shop for supplies, design a flyer, set up and clean up.
“Aaron’s Presents changed me, because it helped me realize that there is a way to help/do something for others.”
– Chelsey, from Post-project Survey
“I learned a lot more about appreciating what I have because other children don’t have the same opportunities as I do.”
– Vivian, from Post-project Survey
Erika
Never AloneBack
Grant Recipients: Alex, Ashley, Benjamin, Christian, Connor, Joseph, Kristina, Will
Age/Location: 8th grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Homelessness, Poverty
Funded by: The Elizabeth Atkins Presents Fund
Description: Assembled two large laundry baskets that contained toiletries and laundry supplies for Family Promise North Shore Boston, a homeless shelter in Beverly, MA.
Key steps involved: Planned, shopped for supplies, assembled baskets, delivered baskets to shelter and met with shelter staff.
“This is important to us because we were thinking of ways to help our community and provide to others the things we take for granted.”
– from Application
Kaylee
A&J Family Walk/RunBack
Grant Recipients: Aleksa and Jonathan
Age/Location: 7th grade, Lawrence, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Community Building, Health
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Organized a run/walk at the Lawrence Reservoir open to the community, with volunteers and activities for little kids.
Key steps involved: Select location and get approval from city, plan activities and supplies, design flyers, put up flyers in several locations, recruit volunteers, set up and clean up.
“People these days are always on their phones and don’t have time to enjoy the earth.”
– from Application
Aleksa
Care BearsBack
Grant Recipients: Alison, Jack, Jade, Kaitlin, Liddy, Mark, Michael, Samantha, Vanessa
Age/Location: 8th grade, Beverly, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Illness, Philanthropy
Funded by: North Shore Bank (employee’s Jeans Day)
Description: Assembled gift bags for families waiting for loved ones at Massachusetts General Hospital. Bags contained water, snacks, activities and a homemade “Care Bear” snow globe for each patient.
Key steps involved: Planned bags, shopped for supplies, made snow globes, assembled 22 bags and delivered them to the Volunteer Department at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston.
“This project is important to me because I have had a lot of family members who had to stay in hospitals for extensive periods of time. The idea sparked over the summer and as soon as AP was brought up, I knew I had a chance to put it into action.”
– from Application
Papa’s PaintersBack
Grant Recipients: Kaylee
Age/Location: 6th grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Arts, Illness, Elderly
Funded in memory of: Dennis Rota (“Papa”)
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Organized an art and painting session for people with Parkinson’s Disease at the Peabody Senior Center.
Key steps involved: Researched and contacted Parkinson’s support groups in the area, researched adaptive art and painting supplies, wrote a letter explaining her project and presented about it to potential groups, persevered even though it took several months to find a group and time that worked, set up and conducted the painting session and interacted with all participants.
“I would feel happy knowing that I helped people with Parkinson’s have the chance to do art and express themselves without hesitation due to their disease and it’s limits. I feel I would have a sense of joy and connection with my Papa after doing this in his honor.”
– from Application
Kaylee
MCAS BreakfastBack
Grant Recipients: Ali, Alex, Ashley, Ben, Christian, Connor, Jack, Jade, Joe, Kaitlin, Kristina, Liddy, Mark, Michael, Samantha, Vanessa, Will (The Higgins Middle School Student Advisory Board)
Age/Location: 8th grade, Peabody, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Community Building, Giving Back
Funded by: North Shore Bank (employee’s Jeans Day)
Description: Organized a breakfast for the entire school on one of the MCAS testing days in May.
Key steps involved: Coordinated logistics with school, made signs and posters, and arrived early in the morning to set up and serve breakfast.
“Some kids come to school hungry and it affects their ability to concentrate and do well. Hopefully the MCAS breakfasts helped to make a difference.”
– from Thank You Letter
AquaponicsBack
Grant Recipients: Delia, Max and Vivien
Age/Location: 8th grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Environment, Science, Teaching
Funded by: Aaron’s Fund
Description: Developed and maintained an aquaponics system at their school’s greenhouse.
Key steps involved: Researching aquaponics materials and methods, gaining approval from school and science teacher, maintaining the system almost on a daily basis, creating “Whaquaponics” Instagram account to share knowledge and experiences, growing edible plants, collecting bottle caps from school to use as grow media, raising goldfish, training 7th graders to continue the system, conducting extensive research and troubleshooting problems.
“We discovered our passion as we grew older, realizing more and more that the world needs to be taken care of.”
– from Application
Aquaponics
Dancing Through LifeBack
Grant Recipients: Rachel
Age/Location: 6th grade, Salem, NH
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Dance, Teaching
Funded by: in vivo Productions
Description: Planned and taught a 10-week dance class to little kids at the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council’s child care center.
Key steps involved: Planning each class, teaching each class, interacting with GLCAC staff, designing a t-shirt, and adjusting and being flexible depending on attendance.
“A child might have stage fright or little confidence. I would encourage them and help them get out of their fear and let them know how truly amazing they are.”
– from Application
Rachel
Animal PeopleBack
Grant Recipients: Daniella, Jetxairy, Katherine, Lexi and Theresa
Age/Location: 6th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Animals, Philanthropy
Funded by: Andover Pottery
Description: Donating items on the Lowell Humane Society’s wish list.
Key steps involved: Selecting and purchasing items on the Lowell Humane Society’s wish list, delivering them, touring the shelter and interacting with shelter staff.
“Animals need extra help sometimes and we love animals. We just want to help the community.”
– from Application
Jetxairy
Inspire Me MermaidBack
Grant Recipients: Amber
Age/Location: 6th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Arts, Teaching
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Led storytimes and crafts for little kids at the American Textile History Museum and The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston.
Key steps involved: Designing and sewing her own mermaid monofin with the help and mentorship of Denise Webb at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, planning storytimes and craft project (clothespin mermaids), leading sessions, interacting with little kids and fielding any and all questions from little kids about mermaids!
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– from Application
Amber
Mel’s GiftsBack
Grant Recipients: Nina
Age/Location: 4th grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Sick, Helping Other Kids
Done in memory of: Mel Wood
Funded by: Salvatore’s, Andover, MA
Description: Making individual gift baskets for kids in the pediatric ward at Lawrence General Hospital in memory of a special friend who passed away at age 13.
Key steps involved: Planning the materials, putting the baskets together and decorating them, writing cards and delivering to the hospital.
“I want to make kids happy and bring some joy to their lives.”
– from Application
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Beautiful BraceletsBack
Grant Recipients: Amanda and Vivienne
Age/Location: 4th grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Arts, Teaching
Funded in memory of: Mrs. Kathryn Schuler
Funded by: Fabio Malagisi
Description: Taught several groups of younger kids (North Andover PAC, The Mary Baker Eddy Library and Aaron’s Presents 2015 Celebration) how to make different types of bracelets.
Key steps involved: Making sample bracelets, organizing materials, teaching individual kids and groups, speaking about their project, and learning to plan ahead, troubleshoot on the spot, and handle a lot of kids at once!
We thought of this because we were going to do a craft sale and we decided that it would be cooler to help kids than to get money for ourselves.”
– from Application
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Shannon’s CardsBack
Grant Recipients: Shannon
Age/Location: 6th grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Community Building
Funded by: Sequin of Kindness™ Presents Fund
Description: Created and packaged unique handmade cards and gave them out to people to brighten their days with an unexpected gift.
Key steps involved: Creating the cards, designing a business/gift card, packaging sets of 5 cards, and giving them as presents.
This experience to be able to make cards and brighten people’s days has been great..”
– from Application
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Action!Back
Grant Recipients: Hanna
Age/Location: 6th grade, Methuen, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Teaching, Arts
Funded by: in vivo Productions (Hortense Gerardo)
Description: Taught an after-school acting class for 6 weeks to 1st and 2nd graders at an elementary school in Andover, MA.
Key steps involved: Asking for permission to offer the class; making a detailed list of supplies needed; shopping for supplies; planning games and activities for each class; prepping and leading each class.
I like to act because it’s really fun to perform a play. I also love being on stage and I want to share that passion with kids.”
– from Application
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Voice from the HeartBack
Scrapbook
Grant Recipients: Audrey and Katie
Age/Location: 6th grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Elderly, Sick, Music
Funded by: Walker Clark Coaching, LLC
Description: Planned and sang a recital for elderly patients and staff members at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem, MA; made Valentine’s cards with patients.
Key steps involved: Choosing songs; rehearsing; coordinating schedules; meeting and greeting patients and staff; performing; making cards with patients.
We would like to help people who are not well.
– from Application
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Not a Simple Piece of RopeBack
Scrapbook
Grant Recipients: Nathan
Age/Location: 7th grade, Chelmsford, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Military, Safety
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Made over 400 paracord bracelets for soldiers, through Operation Gratitude.
Key steps involved: Researching and learning how to make paracord bracelets; making weaving apparatus out of small boxes; researching supplies and costs; presenting to his synagogue to ask for volunteers to help; making flyers for volunteer event; making many of the bracelets with friends and family; packaging and shipping bracelets to Operation Gratitude to be distributed to soldiers.
Thank you everyone, you have inspired me to work harder to make a difference in this world.
– from Post-project Thank You Letter to Supporters
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Scrapbook 2
Humble HeartsBack
Scrapbook
Grant Recipients: Zoe, Crystal and Omara
Age/Location: 8th grade, Lawrence, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Health, Philanthropy
Funded by: Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence
Description: Held a Valentine’s Day-themed bake sale at the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club to raise funds for the American Heart Association, a cause important to them because of relatives who have suffered from heart disease.
Key steps involved: Making a detailed list of supplies needed; asking for permission to use the LBGC kitchen and oven; making and hanging posters to publicize the bake sale; packaging baked goods; setting up table; running the sale; keeping track of money raised; cleaning up; sending donation to AHA.
“I felt needed. The Humble Hearts Fundraiser made me feel like I had a purpose: not many people our age feel that way.”
– Zoe, in her speech at the 2015 Celebration
[I]t made me realize I’m capable of a lot of things.”
– Zoe, from Post-project Survey
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Scrapbook 2
Scrapbook Kids!Back
Scrapbook
Grant Recipients: Mary Hannah, Jack, Ella and Michael
Age/Location: 2nd-3rd grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Elderly, Arts
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Planned scrapbooking activities for seniors and spent 2 weekend afternoons creating scrapbooks with groups of residents at Wingate at Andover and Academy Manor in Andover, MA.
Key steps involved: Making a detailed list of supplies needed; coordinating schedules; meeting and greeting all of the residents; making nametags for everyone; talking with the residents to find out what they might like to include in their scrapbooks; teaching residents how to design their pages; and adjusting to various levels of residents’ physical and mental limitations.
Thank you for donating money to us so we could scrapbook with the older people…I learned that scrapbooking with other people and making them happy made me feel really good!
– Ella, from Post-project Thank You Letter to Supporters
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Scrapbook 3
Cute and Girly Hair Bows: By AnnetteBack
Hair Bows
Grant Recipient: Annette
Age/Location: 7th grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Poverty, Entrepreneurship, Kids
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Description: Created handmade, original hair bows and packaged them to be sold at a fundraiser for PEER Servants (a microfinancing organization that helps people living in poverty around the world start their own businesses) and a school craft fair to benefit Bundles of Love (program by AMG International that sends care packages of school and other supplies to children in Guatemala). Annette made over 100 hair bows and raised $50-75 for PEER Servants and $220 for Bundles of Love (equivalent of 11 packages!).
Key steps involved: Making a detailed list of supplies needed; purchasing supplies; putting in hours of work making individual hair bows with unique designs; packaging each bow or set of bows; setting prices; making posters for display table; attending fundraiser and craft fair and setting up/decorating display tables; sending donation to organizations
Thank you so much for making my project possible! This, for me, was an opportunity of a lifetime. I will never forget the joy you have given me by being able to help others through my talent. Your money is greatly helping kids such as me gain confidence in themselves and learn their true potential.
– From Post-project Thank You Letter to Supporters
Hair Bows
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Costume CollectionBack
Halloween Costumes
Grant Recipient: Holly
Age/Location: 3rd grade, Andover, MA
Year: 2014-15
Project Category: Little Kids, Homelessness
Funded by: The Dr. Alan Metwally Presents Fund
Partial sponsorship by Spirit Halloween, North Reading, MA
Description: Assembled Halloween costume packages for 21 children living in transitional housing
Key steps involved: Receiving list of children (age/gender/requested costume) from director, selecting appropriate costumes, making individualized cards and assembled packages for each child; devising a sticker system to identify two groups of children and make it easier for the staff to distribute; delivering packages and meeting with staff to learn more about the house and children living there
I would like to find a homeless shelter that [has] children…so a homeless child will be able to trick or treat. [I would feel] happy because I helped a kid.
– From Application
Halloween Costumes
Halloween Costumes
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Clareese CaresBack
Safety Program
Grant Recipient: Clareese
Age/Location: 6th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2013-14
Project Category: Safety
Funded by: Aaron’s Fund
Description: Created a loaner program for students who walk to and from school to have reflective vests and whistles to help them feel safer
Key steps involved: Making an announcement at class assemblies, labeling all items, creating sign-up sheet, keeping a log of items borrowed and returned
I want to help keep my friends safe. Lots of them walk to and from school and I feel that wearing reflective vests and having safety whistles would help keep them safer. I love my friends and want to make everyone aware that safety comes first. Some kids might think it is dorky and not want to participate. I will start with me and my friends and lead by example. I will feel proud if I make even one friend feel safer.
– Clareese
Luis’ Cool RubberbandsBack
Giving Jewelry
Grant Recipient: Luis
Age/Location: 6th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2013-14
Project Category: Entrepreneurship
Description: Created a rubberband jewelry-making business and generously gave several special items away to people who had helped him in life and school.
Key steps involved: Creating items, learning new designs and techniques, designing business cards, pricing items based on time involved in making them, attaching cards to jewelry, creating tri-fold display with photos to showcase business
This project is important to me because I am doing something I like to do and people love my bracelets, which cheers me up. I felt good making those bracelets for my friends and for other people. I really like making those bracelets for the world.
– Luis
A Child’s DreamBack
Birthdays For Homeless
Grant Recipients: Erika, Kesey, Laylah, Leah, Olivia and Vivian
Age/Location: 6th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2013-14
Project Category: Little Kids, Homelessness
Funded by: Aaron’s Fund
Description: Created 2 large birthday celebration packages for pre-school-aged children in Horizons for Homeless Children’s daycare center; visited HHC’s headquarters in Roxbury, MA, toured the center and talked with a staff person about homelessness.
Key steps involved: Learning about the “Child of the Day” donation program at HHC by reading their materials, putting together a list of items that could be included, following the rules and restrictions outlined by HHC, writing many cards, creating birthday banners, coordinating schedules and gaining permission to go shopping for all of the items as a group and for the visit to HHC on a half-day of school
The homeless…don’t have a home or enough food and we want them to feel at home. I have a home, food, a place to sleep, fun places to go and I was thinking, why can’t I make that happen to others?
– from Application
I learned to contribute more to others and be thankful for what you’ve got.
– Leah
I think I found a piece of myself that I never [knew] before.
– Olivia
I think I made a contribution in helping kids.
– Vivian
A Basketball CourtBack
Basketball Court
Grant Recipients: Vivian and Mariah
Age/Location: 6th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2013-14 (still completing)
Project Category: Giving Back, Gratitude
Funded by: Aaron’s Fund
Description: Will be creating a basketball court for their school playground in the fall. The school currently has a basketball team but no court with official measured lines to practice on. They also recruited and are leading a team of student artists who are painting athletic-themed wooden plaques for the gym or playground.
Key steps involved: Gaining permission to do this project from school administrators, recruiting student artists, creating an application for interested students, designing plaques
It excites me because I get to help. I will feel…proud, since I made a difference in the school.
– from Application
A Puppet Show!Back
Puppet Show
Grant Recipients: Princess and Angie
Age/Location: 5th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2013-14
Project Category: Arts, Giving Back
Funded by: Aaron’s Fund
Description: Recruited and led a team of students who built a new and durable puppet theatre for their school and created puppets, rehearsed and performed a puppet show for 2nd graders
Key steps involved: Recruiting students to help put theatre together and/or act as puppeteers, creating puppets, casting and rehearsing play, finding props, writing intros to each scene, answering questions posed by the 2nd graders in the audience
It is important to me because I love to see giggles and laughs. They make life better. I would feel like that’s one step closer to a better America for children/adults.
– from Application
Random Acts of Kindness Week at LCCPSBack
Random Acts of Kindness
Grant Recipients: Mariam and Janisha
Age/Location: 4th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2013-14
Project Category: Giving Back, Teaching
Funded by: Aaron’s Fund
Description: Planned and ran a Random Acts of Kindness Week for their entire school
Key steps involved: Making morning announcements over intercom to the entire school, planning daily themes and activities, planning contests and prizes, making posters and putting them up around the school, leading a team of student helpers, delivering packets to teachers
I saw people sharing together.
I think it’s great to have Kindness Week and I saw a person helping them when they dropped their stuff.
I think it went great. I saw a lot of people holding the door for other people.
I think it’s cool and fun! One time I gave my friend a cookie.
I thought Random Acts of Kindness Week was a great idea because it could make people a better person.
Awesome! People asked other people to sit next to each other ‘cause they were sad.
– 4th Grader Feedback Forms
Thank you for everything you have done…You have made my life an adventure…some people don’t have perfect lives and you don’t know what they’re going through. [RAK Week] gave people an opportunity to be kind to others and most people took the opportunity.
– Mariam
I learned that a project isn’t always easy.
– Mariam & Janisha
Gifts for GrandparentsBack
Gifts for Grandparents
Grant Recipients: Valerie, Larybeth, Nick and Keith
Age/Location: 6th grade, Lowell, MA
Year: 2013-14
Project Category: Elderly
Funded by: Aaron’s Fund
Description: Visited elderly residents at a nursing home in Lowell, MA on three Saturday afternoons and carried out activities that brought smiles to many elderly residents.
Key steps involved: Planned activities, games and songs for visits, coordinated schedules to find dates and times to visit, interacted actively and kindly with elderly residents
I love just being able to help out with just something small. I look forward to helping the elderly and benefit them by visiting them and bringing them a present. They would love it! Sometimes the family of the elderly people is not able to visit them, so we would like to help by visiting them. I think I would be feeling very good and amazed at what I had just done with my amazing group. My group thought of this because we all like helping out and serving others. I learned that I have to be very patient with the elderly. When you help people you can make them smile and change the world.
– Valerie
I learned that you should work together and things will come out better.
– Larybeth
Brain GamesBack
Brain Games
Grant Recipient: Owen
Age/Location: 5th grade, North Andover, MA
Year: 2013-14
Project Category: Games, Teaching
Funded by: Aaron’s Fund
Description: Started a chess program at YDO (Youth Development Organization, an after-school enrichment program in Lawrence, MA) and taught 6 elementary-aged kids how to play and enjoy chess
Key steps involved: Found and printed a cheat sheet describing chess rules and how each piece moves, created a PowerPoint presentation about the history of chess; explained the game rules and strategy to students and helped them as they played, planned and held a tournament at the last class and gave out prizes
I love chess and other brain games and I want to teach kids from Lawrence how to play these games and enjoy them as much as I do. I want to help kids become involved in activities that they will enjoy and also challenge their intelligence. I will feel happy and proud of myself because it would feel good to have started a program and accomplished it.
– Owen
Diamonds DanceBack
Diamonds Dance
Grant Recipients: Jasmine, Kelina, Valeria and Charlyna
Age/Location: 6th/7th grade, Lawrence, MA
Year: 2013-14
Project Category: Performing Arts, Teaching
Funded by: Aaron’s Fund
Description: Started a dance/gym/cheer program at YDO (Youth Development Organization, an after-school enrichment program in Lawrence, MA) and taught 10+ girls in 1st-3rd grade basic skills, such as stretching, safety, somersaults, cartwheels, and simple routines and stunts
Key steps involved: Planning and leading class activities, delegating responsibilities, making each girl feel welcome, included, encouraged, and safe, creating their own routine to perform at our Celebration
[An Aaron’s Presents grant would benefit others] by giving them a fun program to go to if they can’t afford to pay to go to one. I would feel pretty good because I’m making people happy.”
– from Application
Pictures for PatientsBack
Pictures for Patients
Grant Recipient: Bryce
Age/Location: 3rd grade, Danvers, MA
Year: 2013-14
Project Category: Entrepreneurship, Art, Sick Children
Funded by: Aaron’s Fund
Description: Furthered his passion for entrepreneurship and his company, The Graffiti Club, which brings together elementary-aged kids to create artwork that benefits charities, by creating and donating new artwork to Boston Children’s Hospital to be put on display for patients and families in the fall of 2014.
Key steps involved: Spread the word to other kids, held kick-off info session for interested kids to distribute art supplies and talk about the project, set deadlines, designed logo for display poster, delivered finished artwork to Boston Children’s Hospital
This project shows young artists they can make a difference. The artists are doing something they enjoy and helping kids in the hospital feel better. I will feel very good about helping others and hopefully make some of the kids smile. I have always wanted my own business and I have been creating businesses since I was little. I also love to donate to charity.
– Bryce
Get to Know BellsiniBack
Get to Know Bellesini
Grant Recipients: Ramphis and Alex
Age/Location: 8th grade, Lawrence, MA
Year: 2013-14
Project Category: Giving Back, Thanks
Funded by: Aaron’s Fund
Description: Gave a durable tri-fold presentation board, decorated with letters of appreciation, as a parting class gift to their school, Bellesini Academy, an independent boys middle school in Lawrence, MA
Key steps involved: Organized the other 7 graduating boys to get together and decorate the board and write letters of appreciation, presented the board to the head of school at their graduation dinner
I would feel very proud knowing that I have been a great help to my school.
– from Application
Sing it OutBack
Sing it Out
Grant Recipient: Channel
Age/Location: 7th grade, Lawrence, MA
Year: 2013-15
Project Category: Performing Arts, Singing, Teaching
Funded by: Aaron’s Fund
Description: Pursuing her passion for singing by taking voice lessons, and starting and leading a glee club at her after-school program.
Key steps involved: Practicing what she has learned over the course of each week; coordinating her schedule and rides to make every scheduled lesson; advertising glee club, auditioning interested singers, choosing songs, rehearsing and performing
When I sing I feel different. I feel [like] the world stops just to hear me.
– Channel