Press release submitted by Applewild School
Applewild School’s Parents Association has a long-standing tradition of giving back to the local community in keeping with the school’s emphasis on Community Service and Service Learning as part of the curriculum. Each year, the Parents Association solicits nominations of local non-profits from their parents to consider giving grants to support charities. After nominations are sought from the larger parent community, a vote is taken to officially select community award recipients. This year, the Parents Association voted to split their grants and distribute donations to two area organizations. Representatives from both organizations were invited to accept their awards at the annual Appreciation Breakfast on June 5th.
The first organization selected was The Revolving Museum, led and founded by artist Jerry Beck in 1984. The Revolving Museum and its spirited team of artists began revitalizing other unusual, unused and abandoned urban spaces. TRM’s signature phrase, “Making Space for Art and Community,” suggests the collaborative nature of the Museum’s vision—the belief that a community can be strengthened through an introduction to art, to one another, to contemporary social concerns, and to the artistic possibilities of their shared environment.
The second recipient was the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center in Harvard. Margaret Koch, Executive Director, was delighted to accept the donation to further their mission to optimize the quality of life for all those affected by cancer. Their services are open to all those affected by cancer, including caregivers and family. In addition, they ensure that financial limitations are not a barrier to their care. They are on the forefront of global cancer prevention by providing expertise in therapeutic services and well education to the community at large.
Jerry Beck and Margaret Koch with members of the Applewild community. (Courtesy photo)
About Applewild School
Founded in 1957, Applewild School is a coeducational, independent day school for grades preschool through eighth. Applewild’s main campus is located on 26 rolling acres in Fitchburg, MA with an additional campus in Devens, MA offering preschool and kindergarten. At Applewild, we empower students to discover their passion for learning and pursue excellence in academics, arts and athletics in our supportive environment. The Core Values and Competencies we promote prepare our students to be confident learners and engaged citizens.