The ingenuity of our students is amazing!
On June 9th, 2020, when our schools were facing a staggering multi-million-dollar deficit, we asked for help to fund the greatest needs in our district. An incredible 581 people answered our plea and donated over $121,000 to date! For a full list of supporters, please visit our Supporters page.
Included in those 581 people were several Shrewsbury Public Schools students who established a home business to sell sweet treats, sold their beautiful hand made jewelry, ran yard sales and established a summer camp.
All of these students demonstrated an incredible entrepreneurial spirit and a can do attitude that we see nurtured and supported in our schools and in our community every day. We are proud to highlight them here.
During the summer, rising senior Leah Rider started her "Shrewsbury Smart Cookie" business to help raise money for the Colonial Fund, inspired by the recent school budget crisis. She and several other bakers (Tammy and Erin Kaye, Alexa and Belle Roderick, Anushka Philips, Nidal Touaiher, Shirley Wu, Maira Waqar, Amrita Kumar, Emily Diamond, Aly Uy, Annika Bakken, Christine Plante, Kathy Pierce) took orders for sweets and baked good treats, which they baked themselves and delivered personally. Through their efforts, they were able to raise an incredible $2,500 for the Colonial Fund: $1,500 in direct sales and a $1,000 matching donation from a family friend. We are very proud of these students for their ingenuity and dedication to their schools. Thank you, Leah, and all of the Smart Cookie bakers!
Shrewsbury student Anushka Philips enjoyed making cookies and raising money for the Colonial Fund so much that she asked her friends Arpita and Abhay to help her organize another fundraiser to sell their handmade jewelry. On a beautiful weekend in September they set out their wares and in just 1 afternoon, they raised an amazing $522 in sales and donations. Thank you Anushka, Arpita and Abhay!
The Robinson family needed to get rid of some office equipment that was taking up space in their garage, so 8th grader Nate decided to host a yard sale to benefit the Colonial Fund. The Gale Family had some household items that they needed to part with, so daughters Caeley and Maeve set up a yard sale in their driveway, with proceeds going to the Colonial Fund. Together, these yard sales brought in over $100. Thank you, Nate, Maeve and Caeley!
A FREE SPEECH AND DEBATE CAMP
Rising junior, Vidyut Veedgav, found that his school experience was a bit more unstructured than usual in the absence of a regular schedule, and so, in an attempt to bring a sense of normalcy into other students' lives, he started a free speech and debate camp which took place from July 20 - August 28, for students in 5th-8th grade. There was a lot of interest from the start and 102 students signed up. Although it took substantial time and effort, Vidyut was proud to report that the camp raised over $300 in donations for the Colonial Fund. Other students who helped Vidyut were Rithika Prasad (Grade 11), Basim Naeem (Grade 12), and Shalini Biju (Grade 10). Thank you, Vidyut, Rithika, Basim and Shalini.
All money raised by these students went directly to the Shrewsbury Public Schools Colonial Fund. We are so very grateful, proud and humbled by their support.
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