Young, compassionate, and generous


To the Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to let our community know of the great compassion and generosity that the students at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) have exhibited recently during our Food Basket Drive (for families of MVRHS).

During this time of thanks and reflection, our students have risen to the occasion by finding the necessary resources to make this holiday so much more meaningful to themselves and those that they have been able to help. Sponsored by the Young Brothers to Men (YBM), our students raised more than $1,100 dollars to assist more than 25 families with a complete Thanksgiving meal (turkey and everything that goes with it). This shows that our young people do in fact care what happens in the community, and they are willing to do something to help those who may be less fortunate.

Events like this don’t just happen, and I would like to acknowledge those who made this Food Basket Drive possible. The idea came from a student, Doug Andrade, who along with his mother, Maria Andrade was instrumental in initiating the drive. Dr. Stephen Nixon our principal, along with nurse Linda Leonard, was also pivotal in its success. Leslie Floyd and the cafeteria staff, chef Jack O’Malley, and the guidance department, all went above the expected to help make our drive so important and integral in our week leading up to Thanksgiving.

Finally, I want to acknowledge the giant heart of Steve Bernier, and our community should give thanks to this unassuming angel on our Island. Mr. Bernier and Cronig’s Market donated more than $600 worth of turkeys to fill every basket given away. Thank you, one and all.

Everyone should feel proud to live in a community of loving and caring people. We wish the entire community a very warm and thankful holiday. We try to always remember to pay it forward and to be the uplifting light in the world.

W. Leo Frame Jr.

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School

Oak Bluffs