April 15, 2017
On behalf of the students and staff from the Resiliency for Life Program I want to share how grateful we are that about 190 separate donors believe See more
One of my earliest memories is handing out orange slices to Boston Marathon runners in downtown Framingham in the 1970's, and for the past several years it's been at the top of my bucket list to experience the marathon for myself. I've recently learned that it's as hard to get an official entry bib as it is to complete the race, so I feel very fortunate to have been selected in a bib lottery organized by the Town of Framingham. Each of the 22 runners selected must raise a minimum of $1500 for one of six Framingham charities, and fortunately for me, one of the charities is the program for which I work, Resiliency for Life. Check out www.resiliencyforlife.org for more information, but in a nutshell, we are a 501c3 within Framingham High School that helps students, who are at risk of failing grades or possibly even dropping out of school, to set and achieve their goals. The Resiliency Program is half funded by the school district, but we need to raise over $200,000 per year and the money we raise goes to pay for trips to visit colleges, snacks so our students can better focus in class, school supplies, co-pays for therapy appointments, after school tutoring, bi-monthly parent meetings, after school enrichment classes and even portions of staff salaries. Our students have been featured on the A+ segment on Channel 5 in Boston (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZoji6x4Iic) and one of our graduates was a designer on this season's Project Runway (http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway/cast/nathalia-jmag). Almost all the students who graduate with us attend college or enlist in the armed forces, and we have only had 1 student drop out in the past 5 years. It's amazing what can happen when an at-risk student knows that at least one adult in school cares about him or her and is willing to help the student see that speed bumps are not walls. I am asking people to donate $26.20 to honor the 26.2 mile marathon course, or more if you can, to join the Resiliency family so that we can continue to support these amazing students. One of our generous donors has offered to match these donations up to $10,000, so please give generously today!