Shawsheen Tech Student Leaders Participate in Ice Bucket Challenge Fundraiser

August 31, 2022


~ Submitted by Shawsheen Valley Technical High School

High school orientation leaders from Shawsheen Tech participated in the Wilmington Rotary’s Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised money for the Angel Fund and ALS research.  The group of seven represented the entire group of 29 student leaders, who have been working throughout the summer to organize and plan a two-day intensive freshman orientation experience.

Angela Caira, the advisor for the orientation leaders said, “Participating in civic events like the Ice Bucket Challenge, is a way for students to practice being leaders.”  She continued to say, “outreach events like this pose a different scenario to challenge students, with the goal to help them increase their social skills, build confidence, and find their voice as student ambassadors.”

The seven brave souls who willingly donated and found transportation to the event represent Shawsheen’s five-member towns: Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Tewksbury, and Wilmington.

Junior Allie Oliver from Tewksbury said, “It was fun and a good bonding experience for us . . . and it feels good to be able to help our community.”

When asked about how this event will help with their work with the upcoming freshman orientation, Senior Madison Bastarche of Burlington said, “It is important for us to be a team so we can show the freshmen what that looks like.”

Shawsheen’s freshman orientation begins Wednesday, August 31, 2022; all students return on September 1.

About Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational School District

Established in 1965, Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School District (SVRVTSD) is a student-centered public institution serving the five member towns of Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Tewksbury, and Wilmington.  Shawsheen Valley Technical High School serves more than 1,300 students in grades 9-12 and is “Dedicated to Excellence in Education,” integrating academics with more than 20-vocational-technical career pathways.

Shawsheen is located in Billerica, MA on a sprawling 100-acre campus.  The school building features state-of-the-art facilities and athletic fields, twenty four varsity sports, and dozens of extracurricular clubs and activities.  All of Shawsheen’s faculty and staff are committed to the mission “to provide a positive learning experience in a safe educational environment that encourages all students to reach their full potential, emphasizes the value of a strong work ethic, and prepares them for adult life in a competitive world.”

Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School District also provides high quality educational programming for youths and adults through Adult Education, Afterschool Exploratory Programs, Community Events, and Summer Camps and Enrichment Programs. Shawsheen is consistently working to increase its rich and varied programming opportunities for the community, which supports its mission that education is a lifelong, continuous process with many paths to living a successful and fulfilling life.

Shawsheen students (l-r) Eva Oppedisano, Brianna DeFreitas, Allie Oliver, Gabriella Walazek, Natalie Martin, Sarah Johansen, and Madison Bastarche are all smiles after the ice bucket challenge at Rotary Park in Wilmington. ~ Courtesy image (c) 2022 all rights reserved
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