Compassion Goes Beyond Maine Borders for Fryeburg Academy Students

Nine Fryeburg Academy clubs joined forces for two weeks in October to raise post-hurricane relief funds for Puerto Rico.
At the Academy’s weekly all-school meeting on October 3rd, faculty advisors and student leaders of the participating groups publicized the island’s plight and invited all present to make donations in any amount, noting that there had been an anonymous challenge to match the first $570.00 raised-- a figure that corresponds with FA’s current enrollment of 570 students.

Following this kick-off, FA’s Student Council generously voted to “match the match,” granting $570.00 from its budget toward the effort, and the French Club followed suit, donating another $500.00. Alongside the original matching gift and the $461 given by Academy students and personnel, a total of $2,101.00 has been sent to ‘United for Puerto Rico,’ an initiative of Beatriz Rosselló, wife of the territory’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló. The organization describes its purpose as collaborating with the private sector to provide aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. According to its website, “100% of the proceeds will go to helping victims affected by these natural disasters in Puerto Rico.”

FA clubs organizing the fundraiser included the International Club, Model United Nations, Girl Up, Caring Acts of Kindness Everyday (C.A.K.E.), Interact, Civil Rights Team, Youth In Government, Student Council, and the French Club.   

Social Studies department chair Richard Taylor is the faculty advisor of the Civil Rights Team and Youth In Government. “We are thrilled at the success of this relief effort,” he said. “The whole school community got behind it. This is a compassionate place.”

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    Photo Credit: Kevin McDonald

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