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McKay Arts Academy


Teams Launched to Date:


2017 – 2018


Language Club - After growing up in a family that spoke many different languages, the lead Venturer of the Language Club Venture Team realized that schools were not doing enough to teach this valuable skill to their students. She discovered that students get bored from their limited choice of language class options and of trying to learn a new language in a classroom setting. This club is bringing fun to language instruction and giving the students an opportunity to learn unique languages not typically taught in school such as Arabic and German. This team hosts fun multi-cultural potluck events as a means to buy fun language books, games, movies and other activities to teach the students in an entertaining manner.


Helping Paws - As lovers of animals, the creators knew when they heard about the UWYV program that their focus would be on trying to help all those animals out there who are desperately waiting on a nice family to call home. These girls are using their connections throughout the Leominster and Fitchburg communities to raise awareness about the issue of stray and homeless animals and to raise money to support the local efforts of the Fitchburg and Leominster Animal Shelter.

Let's End Bullying - Inspired to take action because “it’s sad how people treat others,” this Venture Team provides an anti-bullying message to students at their school and throughout their city. Let’s End Bullying’s goals include teaching 75 students how to stick up for each other, growing a larger team of anti-bullying advocates, and hosting an advocacy-based fundraiser at Coolidge Park with featured inspirational speakers.


Code Breakers - It is estimated that by 2020, one million computing jobs will go unfilled because the workforce is not skilled with coding, yet someone who graduates from college with a computer science degree is likely to obtain a high earning and desirable position immediately. The leaders of Code Breakers understand that learning coding language is an essential skill for them and their peers. The Venture is committed to expanding resources for their school, both in-school and afterschool, with a kid-friendly retro PC game tournament and donate-to-participate costume days.


Natural Disaster Fighters - In today’s world it is almost impossible to not check your television or social media pages without seeing another story about a natural disaster impacting the lives of many people, often with multiple disasters occurring at the same time. The boys of Natural Disaster Fighters are making an effort to support the victims of these disasters by raising money to donate to the American Red Cross, selecting specific disasters to donate to as they occur. Their first fundraiser is a Summer Bounce at Roll-On America.


Rocco's No Knuckles Chance - With two of the team members having rescued their animals from abusive homes, these girls knew that it was their mission to ensure that other pets do not have to endure similar abuse. Through awareness and fundraising events across the city, the girls are raising enough money to support the Sterling Animal Shelter to continue to save other dogs from dangerous conditions and get them into good homes.

Help Us Fix the Roads - After driving on a very ‘rough’ Rindge Road every day to get to class at McKay Arts Academy, the students of this Venture Team decided enough was enough and took on the challenge of raising money for road repair. These boys hold various fundraisers around the city of Fitchburg, including a polar plunge challenge, to raise money and awareness to the needs of repairing Fitchburg’s roads, making sure the city has safe travel routes for all of its residents and guests.


Cancer Relievers - Having all had friends or family who have been impacted by cancer, these girls knew they wanted to do more in helping support those victims of the diagnosis. Seeing how cancer can be especially traumatic for kids, the girls are raising money for St. Jude’s Hospital, which specializes in both treating children with cancer and doing research into putting a stop to childhood cancer. They are hosting bake sales and selling merchandise across Fitchburg to raise money for St. Jude’s Hospital.