CLASS OF 2010 IS #1 - The Class of 2010 raised $10,000 for scholarships to be given to students pursuing careers in the education field. Pictured are (l-r); Betsy Kean (Faculty Advisor), Jaime Roberts (Faculty Advisor), Matt Marrotta (Class President), Nancy Kinton (WSF President), Cindy DeRosa (Parent Advisor), and Ted Lamson (WSF Treasurer)
March 29, 2011
WINCHESTER - The Winchester Scholarship Foundation (WSF) is the recipient of a $10,000 [gift] from the Class of 2010. This extraordinary gift will be used to create a named fund to honor the Class of 2010 that will provide scholarships in perpetuity for students pursuing a career in education.
Class President Matt Marotta and his fellow class officers, parent advisors, and cabinet members started early in their freshman year to raise funds that would help defray the cost of the Senior Prom and activities. What they didn't realize at the time was that fundraising would become a passion as well as helping others in our community and beyond.
During their weekly brainstorming sessions, the class officers came up with some very original fundraising ideas and improved on some old ones. The parents got involved and before you knew it they were selling floral arrangements at Thanksgiving, running raffles, bake sales, face painting at Town Day, “Kiss a Fish'' dances, sold tee shirts/sweatshirts, concession stands during school plays, Mr. WHS, and even held a "practice” SAT with KAPLAN at the helm.
During their senior year they hit the jackpot by recruiting Captain Richard Phillips of the Mearsk Alabama when it was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Over 400 people attended to hear his nail biting, heroic story. Half the money went to the class, and Captain Phillips donated the other half to the Winchester Hospital Cancer Center. Maribeth Canning, VP of the Winchester Hospital Foundation said, "I was impressed with the maturity of the students I had the pleasure of working with. They were well-organized and dedicated to community service. We were touched by their efforts and generosity on behalf of our cancer patients."
Principal Gwin said, "This WSF donation is another example of why I am so proud of the Class of 2010. They gave a great deal back on a local, national and global scale They raised money for the Woburn Food Pantry, Winchester Hospital Oncology Center, Transition House in Boston and tutored students in our elementary schools. They shot hoops for Haiti, played ping pong for a water purification system in Beijing, [organized] Desserts for Doctors to raise money for Partners in Health, and directed the 'Ragun Cajun' events to help New Orleans. Collectively the class was more interested in making the school community a stronger and healthier place than in promoting individual accomplishments. The Class of 2010 showed a greater commitment to service than any other WHS [class] than I can remember.
The WSF was founded in 1945 and was built on the belief that education unlocks the doors to opportunity. During the last 5 years WSF awarded nearly $1.5 million in scholarships to students who graduated from WHS, have been accepted at an accredited school or college, show ambition, broadness of interest, service to others, good citizenship, and demonstrate a financial need beyond what family resources are able to support. Thanks to the Class of 2010 the WSF will be able to continue their mission. If you would like to make a donation to the WSF visit www.winchestersf.org.