Season of Giving: Leadership Greater Manchester Class help Students at Beech Street School
Leadership Greater Manchester Class of 2014 donates over $8,000 to Students at Manchester's Beech Street School
The 38 members of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greater Manchester Class of 2014 heard of a need and stepped up to meet it.
As part of the recent Leadership Greater Manchester Education Day, the class, including CMC’s Eric Sheff, Director of Operations, Primary Care, visited Beech Street School, in Manchester where 96% of the students receive free and reduced lunch and nine percent are homeless. According to Beech Street Principal Patricia Snow, the school has the highest poverty rate in the state.
The statistics the class heard on poverty levels amongst the student population sparked a desire amongst the group to help. They asked Danielle Longo, the social worker at the school, what type of community outreach would be helpful. She requested gift cards to the local Market Basket in $25 increments to give the families in need to help them purchase food for when the children are on school vacations.
The results–the Leadership Greater Manchester Class of 2014 raised $8,275 in three days and presented more than three hundred $25 gift cards to Principal Snow for her students at Beech Street School.