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Metta Winners - 2016 - 2017

Griffin Fenton

December 2017

Franklin, MA

“Giving back is so important because I have gotten a lot out of living in this community; I think that it is important to repay the kindness that people show you,” seventeen year old Griffin Fenton of Franklin, MA said of his volunteering experiences. "I’m interested in a mix of things. International issues like persecution and famine have become important to me in recent years as a result of seeing and hearing about crises through the news. Besides this, through things like Best Buddies and the Special Olympics, I became interested in promoting a positive culture for students with disabilities."

"For the former, I have been working on fundraising projects related to raising money for UNICEF; I would like to work at expanding the program (alongside the 3 individuals who also run the club), to focus on not just raising money but awareness of critical issues around the world. For the latter, Best Buddies and the Special Olympics have provided incredible opportunities to create new friendships in the context of a culture that’s incredibly positive for all people, regardless of ability.” states Fenton.

Now in their third year, the Metta Students non-profit foundation awards $1,000 grants to students who pay it forward or #sharemetta. To date, they have awarded $48,000. On Wednesday, Tuesday, December 5th, the Metta Students Foundation had an award ceremony at Franklin High School in Franklin, MA. Members of the media attended.

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 toward 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.” Mike Walsh, nominated Fenton saying, “When I saw the mission statement for the Metta Students Foundation, I immediately thought of Griffin. At our school, Griffin continuously promotes kindness and goodwill."

"Most students are not currently engaged in paying it forward. Even those that do often do it for the wrong reasons, like being able to say that they do so on a college application. Griffin is different. His community service comes from a place of sincere desire to make the world a better place.”

Sarah Yvonne Doyle

November 2017

New Bedford, MA

“I've been working with veterans since the 2nd grade, when my Girl Scout Troupe went to the Veteran’s Transition House. We were volunteering during the Holiday Season, and handed out fresh baked breads while singing in order to earn our Christmas Caroling and Cooking Badges. A few veterans were moved to tears because of our actions that Christmas. It was truly a transformative experience, and has stuck with me all these years.” sixteen year old Sarah Yvonne Doyle of New Bedford, MA said of her volunteering experiences. 

"I now run two separate veteran based non profits through my school. Operation Care Package allows people to donate non-perishable food and health products. We have raised over $20,000 in charitable donations that have been sent to service members deployed Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea. This organization started four years ago, and has grown with the help of my school and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.Military Pen Pal is the second organization I run. Student volunteers are encouraged to write letters to soldiers and build written relationships with them. The hope is to spread joy while they are away from their loved ones and friends.” states Doyle.

Now in their third year, the Metta Students non-profit foundation awards $1,000 grants to students who pay it forward or #sharemetta. To date, they have awarded $47,000. On Wednesday, November 15th, the Metta Students Foundation had an award ceremony at the Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School in New Bedford, MA. Members of the media attended.

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 toward 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.” 

Henry DeGrace, nominated Doyle saying, “She is a remarkable young woman. She is so selfless in her daily life. If not with her two organizations, she is always trying and helping others. Never does she put herself above others, and she always accomplishes what starts out to do.When other students are talking about what fun they had the night before or over the weekend, she is talking about what she did for the veterans. Sarah’s commitment to veterans and retirees is definitely a lifelong engagement.”

James Botelho

October 2017

Berkley, MA

“To be honest I don’t think that I did anything differently than anyone else. I simply just treat people the way I want to be treated.” seventeen year old James Botelho of Berkley, MA said of his volunteering experiences.  "I found that my purpose in life is to help others and if you want to change the world, it’s as simple as making one person’s day better. Since I was young I’ve always wanted to go into the military and when I was in 9th grade I found out about the JROTC at my school so I quickly joined.I became a known face in the corps because I went to almost every community service event there was. I didn’t do it because I wanted rank or anything to do with me. I fell in love with helping others and putting smiles on people’s faces. It makes me feel good which allows me to share that feeling with others,” states Botelho.

Now in their third year, the Metta Students non-profit foundation awards $1,000 grants to students who pay it forward or #sharemetta. To date, they have awarded $46,000. Thursday, October 19th, the Metta Students Foundation had an award ceremony at Taunton High School in Taunton, MA.  Members of the media attended.

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 toward 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.” Major David Anderson, USAF (Retired), nominated Botelho saying, “he embodies the principle of service before self.  He is a very humble young man who believes it is everyone’s responsibility to take good care of their neighbors.  He puts those beliefs to work every day as he leads the THS Air Force Junior ROTC cadets along a path of selfless excellence.  He has participated in hundreds of community service activities during his time here at the high school, and has helped raise money for charities, fed the hungry at local soup kitchens and supported our military veterans, among many other charitable acts of love.”

Emily Gaboriault

September 2017

Central Falls, RI

“There are so many people that need our help and I refuse to ignore it. I also just love knowing that I could’ve made someone’s day or brought some light into their life,” Sixteen year Emily Gaboriault of Central Falls, RI said of her volunteering experiences.  

“The soup kitchen is right across the street from my school and I’ve been volunteering there since freshmen year and I had always wanted to get involved helping a soup kitchen. My mother is a teacher assistant at Central Falls High School and she works with the special education students and I’ve always gone to all the events with her and started volunteering when I was in 8th grade. When I came to Saint Rays as a freshman, I noticed that there were no recycling bins in our cafeterias so I made it my personal mission to get them there. The recycling program has been up and running since January of 2017 and I am the president of the recycling club and we are in charge of maintaining and changing the recycling bins every week,” states Gaboriault.

Now in their third year, the Metta Students non-profit foundation awards $1,000 grants to students who pay it forward or #sharemetta. To date, they have awarded $45,000. Friday, September 29th, the Metta Students Foundation had an award ceremony at St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, RI. Members of the media attended.

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 toward 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.”

Mrs. Doreen Engel nominated Gaboriault saying, “We have many students who are enthusiastic about service options that we provide.  Emily has the added characteristic of spotting an unmet need that had to be addressed.  She was willing to work hard toward the goal of encouraging those around her that we needed to recycle, and she overcame many obstacles to make this happen.  This was in addition to being quite active in many other service activities

In addition to volunteering at the soup kitchen, and starting her school’s recycling program, Emily also volunteers at multiple events for Special Olympics. Special Olympics gives people with physical and emotional disabilities the chance to actively participate in athletics year-round and gives them another sense of sportsmanship and pride.