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Thumbs up—to service!

From recycling to restocking a food pantry, from raising money to elevating the spirits of a former student stationed in Iraq, the Hanson Middle School Builders Club has created a legacy of service.Lt. Brian O’Donnell, Hanson Middle School alumnus, visits with Builders Club members.

“This is an awesome group of students,” says Gret Lozeau, faculty advisor and member of the Kiwanis Club of Hanson, Massachusetts, sponsor of the Builders Club. “They’re always looking for opportunities to serve their school, their community and the world beyond. The leadership potential and character they’re developing will serve them—and the rest of the world—throughout their lifetime.”

Indeed, the club completed an impressive list of service projects and fundraisers this past school year, including: spearheading the annual Hanson Middle School food pantry and soda tab collection projects; raising funds for a UNICEF program to provide meals and care to children in need in Swaziland, a landlocked country in southern Africa; conducting fundraisers for the American Cancer Society and the Hanson Salvation Army’s fuel-assistance program; helping out the Hanson Public Library and the Hanson Senior Center.

The club hit the ground running this school year, as well. Members already have begun another project for UNICEF, hung up posters and assisted at the school’s book fair and put together a “boo basket” fill with Halloween stuff to raffle off to raise money for other worthy causes.Hanson Builders Club officers give the thumbs up to another great year of service.

Also this year, the club was visited by Lt. Brian O’Donnell of the United States Navy. O’Donnell, an alumnus of the school, was home on leave following his second deployment to Iraq. He talked about his experiences in the Navy and thanked the kids for the many letters, cards and packages the club has sent him over the past year.

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Sources: Gret Lozeau; Hanson Town Crier; photographs provided by Gret Lozeau.