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Merrimack Valley

May 5, 2013

Bird, bird's the word; annoying song makes money for One Fund

A look at how the Merrimack Valley is helping out the One Fund

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Members of the Student Council, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and the National Honor Society did a thorough job of collecting donations, Meehan said.

The students reached the $1,000 mark Friday, he said. A parent, inspired by the young people’s generosity, wrote a check for $400, he added.

“I am very proud of these students,” NAHS Principal Carla Scuzzarella said.

Haverhill second-grader sells cookies for cause

Ben Harrington, a second-grader at St. Joseph School in Haverhill, felt so strongly about doing something to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings that he even considered baking cookies himself at home.

His mom, Erin, took him to Piro’s Bakery in Methuen instead. Piros donated the cookies to Ben. He took the to school and sold them for a dollar apiece during lunch.

“With his excellent sales skills and big heart, Ben was able to sell all of the cookies, raising $100 — which did include a $5 donation from his mom and dad so he would have a landmark number to send in,” Dawn DiPersio, a parent at the school, said.

The school’s PTO also raised another $150 from a road race it organized for the One Fund. The group donated $1 for each of the 150 registered runners.

Phillips Academy pitches in

Phillips Academy students Peyton McGovern,14, of Methuen, and Olivia LaMarche, 15, of Lynnfield, ran their own “tag team” marathon last Sunday to raise $3,200 for the One Fund.

The two freshman students split the distance, each one doing 13.1 miles while the other drove in a car in a route from the actual Boston Marathon to the Phillips Academy campus.

“Getting out of Boston was the tricky part,” LaMarche said.

“We did a lot of back roads so we wouldn’t get on the main highway. A lot of the route was down Route 28. To get out of the city, Peyton ran five miles and I ran five miles, then we switched to two miles turns the rest of the way,” she said.

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