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Students Make "Ryan’s Case for Smiles”

Mar 09, 2017 05:05AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Hundreds of students, teachers & parents came out to volunteer their time!

(Editor's Note: the following information was submitted by Dracut Pubic Schools.)

Meridith McCauley is currently a 9th grade student at DHS. During the summer of 2016, she applied for and received a Youth Service Grant through the Disney Foundation to continue her community service project, which involves sewing pillowcases for an organization called “Ryan’s Case for Smiles.” The goal of the organization is to help kids with cancer and life changing illnesses feel better to heal better.

Meridith’s initial interest in sewing these pillowcases for seriously ill children, was sparked during her consumer science class when she was an 8th grader at Richardson Middle School. Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Biedron, both teachers for the Dracut Public Schools, were hoping to get a few students to volunteer after school to sew pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles. Well, the interest was more than they ever could have anticipated. In the spring of 2016, RMS students, led by Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Biedron, met after school to cut, sew, wash, iron and package over 500 pillowcases for "Ryan’s Case for Smiles.".

Meridith, who was part of this initial group of individuals, decided to take it one step further and applied for a grant in the summer of 2016. Once she was notified that she was awarded the grant, she contacted the principal of RMS and Mrs. Rogers, and communicated that she had funding for another sewing event. On Thursday, March 2, hundreds of students, parents and community members gathered at RMS to sew once again. From 2:30-7 pm, they worked to sew 100 pillowcases.

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