2017 – 2018
Toy Town Helpers - This whole-school Venture Team is giving kids in hospitals an opportunity to read books to lift their spirits. Inspired by one of their own members of the 4th and 5th grade leadership team, Madi, who started Madi’s Book Nook at Heywood Hospital (mobile cart of books for youth ER patients to read and take home), the Team decided to expand her Book Nook and make one available at HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster. Through their research, the Team discovered that the average ER visit was two hours long, and without something to do or read, kids can be very bored. They hosted a book drive and have collected 350 books to get the Book Nook started in Leominster.