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For Assumption students, service over spring break

WORCESTER — Several local residents were among the more than 40 Assumption College students participated in a weeklong service immersion trip through the college’s SEND program during spring break.

The SEND Service Immersion Program offers nearly a dozen serving-learning trips throughout the year, during winter, spring and summer breaks, during which students make a meaningful difference in the communities in which they serve.

Matthew Canning, a sophomore from Harvard, and Christina Raposo, a sophomore from Burlington, traveled to Georgetown, Del., with a group that built homes for Habitat for Humanity of Sussex County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating homelessness by building adequate, affordable homes.

Andrea DiCiaccio, a sophomore from Tewksbury, traveled to Immokalee, Fla., where students rehabilitated houses with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County and engaged with children at the Guadalupe Center and a Boys and Girls Club, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and improving life for families in the community. The students also learned about the various social-justice issues involved with migrant farm workers through action with the Student Farmworker Alliance and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, agencies that work to raise awareness of worker rights and to build a vibrant fair food community across the nation. They also learned about the long-term impacts of chronic stress on child physical and mental health when they met with the leading research psychologist during a visit to Florida State University’s Immokalee campus.

Sean Kennedy, a sophomore from Nashua, N.H., traveled to Norristown, Pa., with a group that rebuilt homes for Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County. Students also spent time with the Religious of the Assumption sisters in Philadelphia and worked with the Catholic Charities of Norristown’s Food Pantry, which is dedicated to helping community members in need of food assistance.

Adah Williams, a junior from Billerica, traveled to Baltimore, Md., with a group that rehabilitated houses in with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. Students also volunteered at Catholic Charities’ Jenkins Community Center, Maryland’s first senior community to offer options to low- and moderate-income individuals for independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation and medical day care.

St. Anselm locals break for service

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Two local residents were among Saint Anselm College students who participated in community service over spring break.

Rileigh Armstrong, a junior Theology and English double-major from Dracut, co-led a group of nine students to Orland, Maine, where they worked with Homeowners Organized for More Employment, an Emmaus community in rural Maine that serves those most in need.

olunteers engaged in building projects, served in a soup kitchen, and helped with farming and child care while working alongside those who live in the community.

Timothy Holmes, a junior English and Theology double-major from Shirley, co-led a group of eight students to Newark, N.J., where they worked with Saint Benedict Preparatory School, an all-boys inner-city school. Volunteers assisted teachers in their mission of providing a valuable in-class resource for the students and supported the community by helping hand at a local soup kitchen.

Petrucci article appears in Globe Magazine

BOSTON — Monica Petrucci of Burlington was part of a group of Emerson College students enrolled in a Writing for the Boston Globe Magazine class. Stories ranged from personal family members dealing with COVID-19, to how companies have been impacted.

Despite simultaneously learning that Emerson classes were going remote that same week, seven students had their pitches move forward on March 14 and had all of their reporting and writing done in four days.

In total, nine articles were written by Emerson students, with one appearing in the March 21 edition and the others in the March 29 edition.

Petrucci is a senior pursuing a degree in Writing, Lit & Pub: Publishing.