On Monday, January 28, at Keith Middle School, officials from the New Bedford Educators Association presented a donation of more than $6000. in coats, winter clothing, educational supplies and hygiene products to the students of New Bedford Public Schools.
School nurses, with the assistance of other staff members, identified students that would most benefit from these donations. The school nurses will be distributing these items to the families in the next few days.
The New Bedford Educators Association received a grant from the Massachusetts Teachers Association. In addition, NBEA received contributions from Mayor Jon Mitchell, School Committee Members Josh Amaral and Bruce Oliveira, Sheriff Tom Hodgson, Jo-Anne Hodgson, the New Bedford Fishing Industry, Dias, Lapalme & Martin, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Gifts to Give, and Infinite Promises Healing Center @ Spiritual Destiny.
The New Bedford Educators Association is proud to work with community partners and our school nurses to ensure the needs of our students are met. We hope that together we can raise awareness and provide tangible support to hundreds of students that do not have warm clothing and the basic essentials that all children deserve. These efforts would not have been possible if not for the support of our partners who are committed to our children. We are incredibly proud of this year’s event and look forward to many more.