Fryeburg Academy Honors Ukraine with Blue and Yellow Day

On Thursday, March 17, 2022, the Fryeburg Academy community dressed in blue and yellow gathered outside of Shaffner Hall for a moment of silence and a group photo. The event was organized by fellow Ukrainian students Anna Bondar ‘23 and Daryna Serediuk ‘22, the International Club, and faculty members Greg Huang-Dale and Judy Heininger.


Before the minute of silence, head of school Erin P. Mayo addressed the group: “Thank you all for the blue and yellow and for being here to be part of a visible show of support for Ukraine. Before the photo, we will hold a moment of silence. Those here who pray, I invite to pray. Those here who don’t, I invite to focus as best as any of us can on what Ukrainians are experiencing– their suffering and fear, but also their courage and spirit. In the silence of one minute, let us fill our thoughts with love for Anna, Daryna, and their families; love for our friend Andrii Obertas; compassion for all who’ve been lost and those who now mourn them; and fervent hopes for peace and freedom in Ukraine. As a community, we offer our kinship through these colors, and through this full minute.”

In addition to the Blue and Yellow Day, Anna and Daryna also organized a community fundraiser to raise funds for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. “We are not helpless,” says Anna Bondar ‘23. “Ukrainians are proud and resilient. Every dollar and show of support helps us feel stronger.”  

FA’s community fundraiser for Ukraine, which is only three days into its launch, has already raised nearly 2,000 dollars of the 3,000 dollar goal the Academy hoped to raise by April 7th. “It’s amazing to see all the support from our teachers and fellow students,” adds Daryna Serediuk ‘22. “We are passionate to do our part in helping our families and friends in Ukraine in any way we can.” 

To support Ukraine, please consider donating to one of the following humanitarian aid organizations:

For a digital multimedia presentation of the day, please click here: https://adobe.ly/3MYYnzp
 
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