Invitation to support our RISE Program and Maple & Main

Shrewsbury Public Schools invites community members to donate to our RISE (Reaching Independence through Supported Employment) programming and Maple & Main, an innovative retail store located at the heart of Shrewsbury Center. The focus of RISE is to increase students' (ages 18-22) overall independence with functional academic life skills, employment opportunities, and community access. This learning involves touring local businesses, job shadowing, internships, and employment. The emphasis on providing community-based opportunities for these students with disabilities is paramount, as they learn and develop key life skills. RISE students play an integral role at Maple & Main, as they design and create products, take inventory, provide customer service, and operate the point of sale system.

Here are some local news stories about the RISE program, Maple & Main, and most importantly, the incredible young adults and educators who work together to make great things happen for our community! 

WBZ TV News Segment on Maple & Main

Shrewsbury Media Connection Video on Maple & Main

Spectrum News Segment on Maple & Main

Please consider making a donation to support innovative programming and local retail business! For additional information, enjoy our RISE Information Kit and brochure.

Thank you for your consideration.


Meg Belsito, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

Jane Lizotte, Assistant Superintendent for Community Partnerships & Well-Being

Emily Anderson, parent 

Mel Chacharone, business partner and parent

Gareth McAlinden, business partner and parent

Farah Riaz, parent

Donna Simone, community partner and educator

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