2016-11 - Delaney Bernier

“I strive to recognize the issues in my community and the world around me.”  Delaney Bernier is on a mission to #sharemetta. The fifteen year old Providence resident and sophomore at the Lincoln School saw a need and took action, creating a major toiletry drive to benefit women in homeless shelters.

Now in their third year and expanding into Massachusetts the non profit awards $1,000 grants to students who #sharemetta. November 30th at 3pm at the Lincoln School at 301 Butler Ave, Providence, the foundation will award Bernier $1,000, making her their 39th Metta Student. Members of the media are welcome.

Bernier’s journey to #sharemetta started when she was just eleven years old and continues today. In that time Bernier has involved other students to help create the kits that go to both the Women’s Center of Rhode Island and Amos House.

“I was a competitive gymnast at the time and would often stay in hotels after far away meets. These hotels offered small toiletries but my family and I did not need them because we brought our own supplies. Everyday, I noticed that housekeeping would throw out the toiletries and replace them with new ones. This was shocking to me for I was certain that there were people who could use these products that were just thrown away. It seemed so wasteful and this got me thinking what I could do. I took this observation back to school with me and decided to organize a toiletries drive” states Bernier.

Norm Kelly, founder of Software Quality Associates in Providence, created the Metta Students Foundation in October of 2012 after learning of one teen’s act of kindness towards another teen. “Metta means love and kindness,” states Norm Kelly. “We are thankful to all of our winners for making a positive difference in the world and for helping us spread the metta mission to simply be kind and #sharemetta.”

The foundation learned about Bernier’s acts of kindness after receiving a nomination from Peter Brooks, the Upper School Director, “Delaney's selflessness and commitment to service emerged early in her time at Lincoln, when she singlehandedly spearheaded a toiletries drive to benefit the Providence Women's Center- Amazingly Delaney was only in 6th grade when she held her first drive. In the three years that followed, Delaney held three more drives, each one more successful than the last. Seeing as Lincoln is a Quaker School, Delaney's efforts are fully in line with our school's mission and her hard work reflects the core community values that we hope to foster snd support in our students.

Now a sophomore in high school, Delaney continues to lead by example- her 5th toiletries drive is scheduled for the spring of 2017. Based on what she has accomplished over the past few years, I am certain that Delaney will find new and interesting ways to serve her community in the future.”

“The Metta Foundation is truly unique, as it rewards simple kindness and encourages the kindness to grow,” states Bernier. “I am honored to be recognized as a student worthy of this award. All of the years I was coordinating the toiletries drive, I never anticipated anything except giving to the homeless women.  I am excited to have the opportunity to do even more with the grant funds.”

It is for all of these reasons that the Metta Students is proud to award Bernier one thousand dollars. To see video of how the Metta Students foundation began or for more information about the foundation, log onto www.mettastudents.org