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Lawrence Academy Expands "Rise Against Hunger" Project For Fifth Year, Adding G-D and Groton School

55 Volunteers from Groton’s three secondary schools met at Lawrence Academy recently to pack more than 18,000 meals to be shipped all over the world as part of the Rise Against Hunger effort. Lawrence Academy Photo. 

 Rosin Casey, a Lawrence Academy junior from Pepperell and fellow Pepperell native Kayli Grise ’20, co-chair the Rise Against Hunger club. This year the club brought in volunteers from Groton School and Groton-Dunstable Regional High School for a total 55 volunteers. 

  Lawrence students raised $4,500 and the other two schools added another $1,700 enabling the group to package 18,144 meals which are shipped out around the world, and bringing their five-year total to 77,000 meals. Groton School has been involved for the past three years but Groton-Dunstable joined the effort for the first time this year.

   “It’s become a real tradition,” said Robert O’Rourke, Groton School’s Director of Community Engagement. “I have two of our students who are here for the third time, and they’re really excited to be back.

   “When I advertised the event, it filled up immediately,” continued O’Rourke. “I think many students have heard how exciting it is to be here and to be part of this.

  However, I think the best part of it is a chance to connect with our peers at Lawrence Academy and also Groton-Dunstable, and just have students with shared interests — who come from different backgrounds — have a chance to contribute to an important project together.”

   Lawrence Academy’s Kimberly Poulin, Groton resident, Assistant Dean of Students, and Director of Community Engagement, and her team do an enormous amount of work behind the scenes to make this possible. “I’m glad to keep this partnership going and maybe even to think about more ways to can collaborate because I think there’s a lot to be said for working together,” added O’Rourke.

   Mrs. Poulin is particularly pleased to have all three local high schools involved with this project. “That was a goal from Sam Rosenstein ’17, our original leader here at LA,” said Poulin. “Sam and I kind of giggled one day and said, how great would it be if we could eventually have all three high schools in Groton be in the same room. So, I’m really glad that we finally reached that point and next year I know that Groton Dunstable is totally with us. And I know Groton School will be, as well.”

   Next year’s goal is a total 100,000 meals packed for the Rise Against Hunger club at LA. That translates to packing more than 20,000 meals next year to reach the goal.

   “I look forward to working with both Groton School and Groton Dunstable next year to accomplish this goal,” says Kayli Grise, who is already planning the club’s fund raising efforts to meet this major goal.

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