DRACUT -- In recognition of their volunteer work in the community, Meghan Carney and Skylar Unger, students at Dracut's Lakeview Junior High School, received John F. Kennedy "Make a Difference" Awards during a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. They were among 98 middle school students from across Massachusetts to be honored by State Treasurer Steve Grossman.
Carney collected more than 50 boxes of clothes and toys for the House of Hope, a shelter for homeless mothers and their children. She created and posted fliers to publicize the drive for donations and set up collection boxes at school, the library and at Ste. Marguerite D'Youville's CCD classrooms. She also prepared and served a meal for residents of the shelter.
Unger set up a special Christmas tree in her school with mitten-shaped leaves to solicit donations from teachers, students and parents for her Giving Tree mission to help local needy kids and special needs orphans in China. She collected hundreds of pants, shirts, boots and gloves for the Wish Project in Lowell and cash donations for an orphanage in China.