On a Mission to Help Others

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Four students from Oldfield Middle School have been selected as Local Honorees of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Seventh graders Violet Fava, Sophia Casillo, Madeline Barker, and Kaitlyn Wille, who are dedicated to bettering and serving their community, were recently awarded with a Certificate of Merit by the organization. This youth-recognition program chooses recipients solely on volunteer and community service, and is the largest in the country.

These students have volunteered heartfelt effort and many hours to Maggie’s Mission, which is a foundation formed by a Harborfields family in memory of their daughter and Harborfields student Maggie Schmidt.

Together, the girls wrote an essay explaining how they accomplished raising $1,185 for pediatric cancer research for the foundation by going door to door in the community. They initiated this project through a school–wide fundraising effort, which was spearheaded by teacher Mrs. Jennifer Garside.

“We believe that you don’t need to know someone in order to help them in their time of need,” the girls’ essay read, “and we are so proud to be able to give the money we raised towards cancer research for people who need it.”