53 Shore students along with parents and teachers joined forces on November 2 at the fall United in Service event, an annual partnership between the school and the United Way of the North Shore.
The volunteers worked on projects to benefit a number of local agencies. Some created reusable tote bags to distribute food donated during Shore's Thanksgiving Food Drive, which benefits families served by Beverly Bootstraps. Others decorated holiday cards and get-well notes for patients at Beverly Hospital. Adults and children worked side by-side on "no-sew" blankets to be distributed by Groundwork Lawrence to residents still struggling after the gas line explosions in the Lawrence area in September. Eager organizers loaded backpacks of clothing and supplies to be distributed to children in foster homes by Fostering Care, an organization founded by Shore parent Tara Driscoll.
According to United in Service co-organizer Patti Murphy, "Enthusiastic Shore families were able to do a lot of good in a short time." Much of the credit goes to Murphy and her two co-chairs, Nina Wilson and Shari Card, who organized numerous work stations in Shore's Dining Hall so that teams could move efficiently from one project to another, quickly generating piles of cards, totebags, and backpacks ready to go to local community members.
The fall event kicked off the fourth year of United in Service at Shore, which has become a signature service initiative for the school every fall and spring.