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Amherst Middle School joins with Roswell Park Cancer Institute in service learning project

Students and staff from Amherst Middle School are taking part in a service learning project with Carly’s Club for Kids and Cancer Research at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute for the new school year.

Amherst Middle School Principal John Griesmer presented information on the school’s service learning projects during a School Board meeting on Tuesday.

In August, students and staff from the middle school donated $5,700 worth of equipment to the Eggertsville Boys and Girls Club raised during last year’s project.

Griesmer said that while Roswell benefits from fundraisers like Ride for Roswell, Carly’s Club has financial needs the school can assist with through the project.

“They do a whole lot for the children in that hospital,” he said, noting that there have been two planning meetings.

One of the things Carly’s Club does is to reserve places, such as restaurants, for fund-raising events that are open to club members, children and their families who then can have the places just for themselves for the evening, Griesmer said.

“That isn’t free,” he said. “I suspect that is what we’ll be driving a lot of our fundraising towards.”

Money for the selected organization is raised through fundraising events put on by students and staff throughout the year.

Superintendent Anthony J. Panella praised the work students and staff have done through the projects.

“I can’t think of a better educational experience for youngsters in middle school to learn service beyond themselves and service to others,” he said.

Also during the meeting, Panella said the first day of school in the district went smoothly.

“I had the opportunity to see some smiley, bright faces walk through the doors at each of our buildings. Most of them said they were coming back tomorrow when I saw them on the way out,” he said, to laughter from the board. “So that’s good news.”


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