MTA educators step out to help alleviate local hunger

Nicole Prevost

Nicole Prevost

Public school educators from all over Massachusetts laced up their running shoes and stepped out on Sunday, May 5 to do their part to alleviate local hunger.

For the first time, the MTA had a presence in the 20-mile Walk for Hunger, organized annually by Project Bread. 

“As teachers, we are always striving to make a positive difference in the lives of our students and this is one way that we can help.” said Nicole Prevost, a Quincy teacher who organized Team MTA. “We know children cannot perform at their best when they are hungry -- we want to do all we can to put an end to childhood hunger.”

“Sadly, we know all too well that hunger is a problem – because so many of us see the effects firsthand,” Prevost added.

Newburyport Teachers, Wendy Philips, Sally Leety and Jen Groskin

Nook Middle School teachers Wendy Philips, Sally Leety and Jen Groskin.

Team MTA was not the only group where one could find teachers in this year’s Walk for Hunger. There were student and faculty representatives from schools all over Massachusetts. Sarah “Sally” Leety, a middle school teacher at the Rupert A. Nock Middle School in Newburyport, participated with two of her teaching colleagues and 27 students to raise more than $5,000 for the charity event.

“Hunger isn’t just a Third World problem, it’s an issue right here,” said Leety, who walked with fellow Nock teachers Jen Groskin and Wendy Phillips. “It’s nice to support a charity that helps people right here at home and does incredibly important work – filling food pantries, running nutrition programs and so much more.”

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A delegation from the Nock School, organized by Groskin, has raised thousands of dollars for the Walk for Hunger over the last eight years. This year, the entire team wore “We Are Newtown” T-shirts in a show of support for the Connecticut community where a tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School occurred last December. The tragedy in Newtown hit home especially for Leety, who is a proud graduate of Newtown High School’s Class of 1977.

“The support the community has received is a wonderful thing to come out of a really sad situation,” said Leety, whose parents live a mile from Sandy Hook.

It’s not too late to donate to Project Bread.  There's still time to show your support  for Team MTA  or the delegation from the Nook Middle School in Newburyport.