SPARK AND MCC HELP BUILD BEDS FOR KIDS IN NEED
From the archives: 5/10/21
For the second year in a row, high school students at Spark Academy of Advanced Technologies had the opportunity to take part in the Sleep In Heavenly Peace Build a Bed event sponsored by Manchester Community College’s student senate. SHP brings together volunteers to build beds for local kids who are sleeping on the floor.
The build was part of an outdoor event called Building Beds, Building Community held on the MCC campus on April 24. Students (and some of their siblings, parents, and friends) from both schools gave up part of their Saturday to join in the effort. After just a few short hours, 15 bunk beds were ready to be delivered to local under-resourced families.
In addition to the bed build, several other service-oriented activities were happening as well. There was the Pass Along Project, which involves sorting kid’s clothing donations for children entering foster care; the current Kindness Campaign sponsored by the MCC Student Nurses Association, making no-sew fleece blankets for the SHP bed deliveries; a
Children’s Book Drive sponsored by the Cultural Exchange Club for the Head Start
located at MCC, and a food drive to benefit the NH Food Bank.
Part of Spark Academy’s mission is to give its students real world experiences and help them understand the value of hard work, so the opportunity to build things together as a service project for other members of the community is most welcome. The event also gives members of both schools a chance to do something together.