Recent News from Matignon High School
Warriors Serve During All School Day of Service
May 30, 2018
"We feel this work is important because friends help friends, it's just what you do," said Harry (12yo) and Heath (8yo) Bennett of Bennett Brothers Balm who kicked off our second annual All School Day of Service on Wednesday, May 30. Harry and Heath are sons of Matignon's own Heather Camerio '94. In May of 2016 Harry and Heath's friend, Timmy, was diagnosed with Stage 1 Hodgkins Lymphoma. The brothers wanted to find a way to help him feel better. They learned that cancer patients' lips and skin can get dry and chapped from chemo treatments, so they decided to start a lip balm company to raise money. Next month they will celebrate their two year anniversary and to date, they have raised over $12,087 for cancer research, including close to $6,000 in donations to Dana-Faber. The money they raise goes into a fund that was set up for Timmy's oncologist, Dr. Amy Billet, and it supports her research in pediatric Hodgkin's disease. Their commitment to service and their community perfectly exemplifies the Matignon tradition. To learn more about Bennett Brothers Balm click HERE.
After hearing from the Bennetts, 310 Matignon students, 5 new alumni of the Class of 2018, and 50 faculty and staff members divided and conquered 16 service sites in the Greater Boston area! Students served in Arlington, Brighton, Cambridge, Medford, Malden, Reading, Somerville, South Boston, Stoneham, and Wellesley (see a complete list of service sites below).
We were thrilled to welcome A Bed for Every Child, part of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, to campus. In January, Campus Ministry held a Tag Day to raise money for the organization to purchase beds for children facing poverty to ensure that every child gets a good nights sleep before going to school. Sophomore Olivia Domingos became familiar with the organization because of her Dad's company and wanted Matignon to get more involved, so she suggested having a bed building day at Matignon. She also knows two students at St. Charles School in Woburn that have received beds from A Bed for Every Child. Being an alumna of St. Charles, she wanted to give back and said, "Because this organization has impacted children in my old school and I saw how these beds affected their lives, I wanted to find a way to give back to my community, and I hope to be more involved in the future."
During the Service Day, students built 10 beds and were able to read about the children designated to receive them. Francesca Farrell '19 said, "It was really nice to know who we were building the beds for so that we could add a personal touch to each one. We also got to sign the back of the beds and leave notes for the kids that will sleep in them. I'm really happy I got to be part of this project for our Service Day!" To learn more about A Bed For Every Child and ways to get involved, click HERE.
After serving, students came back to campus for a barbecue picnic and field day. The strong bonds that exist between the members of the Matignon family were very visible as students, faculty, staff, and alumni served alongside each other to give back to our community.
Service sites included:
- Spy Pond Park
- Stone Zoo
- Mission of Deeds
- Cradles to Crayons
- Fidelity House
- Arlington Boy's and Girl's Club
- Housing Families, Inc.
- Community Family, Inc.
- Mass. Coalition of the Homeless
- Solutions At Work
- Sancta Maria Nursing Facility
- Harvest Food Pantry
- St. Augustine's Chapel/Cemetery
- Little Sisters of the Poor
- Mass. Horticultural Society
Click HERE for more photos from the day!