Upper Elementary acts on hurricane devastation and brings its attention to our campus. This effort is lead by Marcello, and below is his official statement on the matter.

Fundraiser for animals effected by Hurricane Irma

“The reason I want to support the animals of Hurricane Irma is because it wasn’t their decision that they had to evacuate their homes and be separated from their owners because a category 5 hurricane was coming.  That is why last week when I heard about Irma coming I got together with two of my friends and talked about the hurricane and how many animals were at risk with no choice of  being separated from their current owners with their streets and neighborhoods flooding with debris.

Matthew and Nathaniel, my two great friends, were nice enough to help and plan with me about Irma. They are involved as much as I am with the care and support we feel for the animals left on the streets. Last Thursday I came home from school and worked on a small donation box to start as we are hoping for a lot of generous donations for the animals in need.

We would like to propose to offer collections to Riverbend families during drop off and pickup in the upcoming weeks. Please help us to organize this collection. For example if every family in just the Upper Elementary donates $5.00 we will raise just over $200.00!

Thank you for your help in planning this collection for the animals in need!”


The main goal for money raised through this is to help injured animals, feed hungry animals and covering travel an additional expenses relocating the animals. So far students have raised over $450 and hope to achieve $1,000 by the end of October. Donation buckets will be located in all of our education buildings on campus for those looking to aid in this campaign.

The Upper elementary students involved in this fundraiser are Marcello, David, Kimmy, Grace, Josh, Luca, Max, Lillian, Nathan, Sarah, Nathaniel, and Matthew.

All efforts will be sent to Save a Dog, a Massachusetts-based dog rescue and adoption agency incorporated in 1999. The person in contact with our fundraiser is Shirley Moore, the President and Founder of Save A Dog. Shirley shared “That this week two of their volunteers came back with 23 dogs that they drove up from Virginia Beach.  These volunteers left at a moments notice, drove down to Virginia Beach, didn’t sleep for 36 hours, while they waited for 150 dogs to be airlifted off the island (St. Thomas)”.  The organization kept 9 in Sudbury and other local shelters took in the remainder. The dogs will be seeing the vet tomorrow.  These are the first of more that will come. The pictures above were submitted by her.

If you would like to help or mail any donations please reach out to Dave Wilkins or send mail to 39 Eliot Street Natick MA, 01760 addressed to Mr. Wilkins & Upper El.

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