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McAuliffe Middle School Raises Money and Collects Supplies for Veterans at Home and Abroad

McAuliffe Middle School Raises Money and Supplies for Vets Both Home and Abroad

Students Running in the Annual Run for Vets Event


JACKSON - The holiday season could be just a bit easier for men and women in the military serving overseas and right here at home, thanks to the efforts of the students and staff of the Christa McAuliffe Middle School. 

As part of this year’s 20th Annual Run For Vets event, the students raised $3,500 for veterans and also collected donations for Operation Shoebox, a non-profit organization that delivers care packages to military members overseas. 

“Run for Vets is a very special event that we have proudly held for 20 years,’’ said Jackie Volpe, who along with fellow teacher Jenn Nickerson organized the event this year. “A special thank you goes out to all who helped in any way, and especially to our active military members and our veterans.’’

The Run for Vets event itself starts with a breakfast that honors guest veterans and active military members, who are accompanied by a student from McAuliffe. During the breakfast, the student presents a small statement why their Honored Vet is so special.

Afterwards, veterans volunteer to share their experiences and stories with students by doing classroom visits.  At the end of the school day is the cumulative event of the day-the actual run where we have different categories for racing, walking, and relay teams.

“We had music, face painting by our honor society students, the mascot, a bake sale, RC car racing for the vets, and friends, family, and staff members all having a great time out to honor veterans and active military members,’’ said Nickerson. “It was a wonderful event and we are so proud of our students for all their efforts to recognize and honor our veterans.’’

Leading up to the event, the school held “Grade Wars” throughout the month to get students involved. Each gym period was put through a team obstacle course, they had grade level “color wars” and the culminating event is Operation Shoebox where each grade collects supplies to send overseas.

Students and veteran at the Run for Vets Event


Running behind McAuliffe Middle School for the Run for Vets Event


McAuliffe Family at the Run for Vets


Table at the Run for Vets Event

Donations for Operation Shoe Box