Shrewsbury HS Students helping out Andy’s Attic
Posted by Steve Levine – RE/MAX Prestige – Your Shrewsbury Massachusetts Realtor since 1986 on Oct 16th, 2011 on the Shrewsbury Lantern.
SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Students from Shrewsbury High School gathered today to present their donation to Andy’s Attic, a local non-profit created to honor the memory of SHS student Andy Reese, who passed away nearly one-year ago. Continuing in the great tradition of community service at the high school, funds were gathered from proceeds at the SHS school store, and will help the charity with it’s work of providing gently used clothing to high school students in need.
Andy’s friend Kyle Puzar was the spokesman for his group this afternoon, and encouraged his peers to donate to the cause, but more so, to not be afraid to reach out for help. So far, the organization has raised over $7000, and collected hundreds of articles of clothing which are already going to serve others. Several months ago, another group of SHS students from the Leaders of Tomorrow Group raised close to $2000 for the cause, enabling them to build a gorgeous bench in Andy’s honor up at Cyprian Keyes, and present the remaining $600 in funds directly to Andy’s Attic.
To add your donation to this fantastic cause, volunteer to help, request assistance, or learn more about the great work that they’re doing, please visit their website at http://www.andysattic.org
VIDEO: Students Donate to Andy’s Attic
Andy Reese’s parents received a clothing and cash donation from Shrewsbury High School students.
By Jennifer Lucarelli Email the author October 17, 2011 on the Shrewsbury Patch.
Shrewsbury High School Students Donate to Andy’s Attic
SHREWSBURY, Mass. – Since his fatal car accident last December, Andy Reese’s best friends have devoted themselves to continuing his legacy of community service by donating to the non-profit set up by his parents, Andy’s Attic.
Andy’s Attic collects clothing for schools and social service agencies to distribute to needy teenagers and was set up by Reese’s parents, Lisa and Darell, after their son died in a Boylston car accident on Dec. 7, 2010.
His best friends, Kyle Puzar and Sean Gray, have been raising money and collecting clothes for the organization since the beginning of the school year and presented a check to the Reeses on Friday.
“After Andy’s passing, Mr. and Mrs. Reese made a choice,” Puzar said. “They chose to take the tough path to start a non-profit to help hundreds of homeless high schoolers. Andy’s Attic was created to help teenagers feel better about themselves and honor Andy.”
Puzar and Gray agreed that the school year, which was supposed to be Reese’s senior year, feels very different without him.
“At first there were about five of us, really close friends of Andy’s, that were working on fundraising,” Puzar said. “Now it’s a big group.”
Friday’s donation was the latest in a series of efforts by the group that began last winter, shortly after the non-profit was formed. Last weekend, a group of high school students and adults helped Andy’s Attic move to a new location. There is $7,000 in the organization’s account currently, and they have been giving clothing packages to homeless kids in the local community.
Lisa Reese didn’t have the words to express her gratitude toward Andy’s friends.
Shrewsbury High School Principal Todd Bazydlo said this donation kicked off a community service initiative at the school.
“Andy engaged so many kids,” Bazydlo said. “The tragedy affected so many last year. As quiet as it was in the lunch room today, it was like that for days after we got the news last year. This is a great example of hope coming from tragedy.”