Dear RMS Community,
It is a measure of people and their community to see how they react to difficulty. While some turn inward, focusing on self and individual needs, others turn outward, searching for ways to give to those less fortunate. At RMS we choose the latter, and we are incredibly thankful to be part of such a great community.
This Wednesday marked the 102nd anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of what was supposed to be the “War to end all wars.” Originally signed on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, we continue to celebrate this holiday as Veteran’s Day in the United States. In an effort to thank our Veterans for their service, our student council organized a spare change drive in our homerooms this week. The count in ongoing (where have we heard that before…), but so far RMS raised over $1,000 for the organization Pets for Vets, a group that connects rescued pets with veterans. Thank you to our Student Council for your leadership in service of this great cause.
Next week we will continue our service to our community by soliciting donations for the Haven. A current RMS student asked to include a personal testimonial about the Haven in today’s Focus. We hope people will remember this story next week as we collect our donations.
Why should you donate to the Haven?
You should donate to the Haven so people who don’t have warmth and food can have it. Did you know, they serve around 14,500 people each year? According to FeedingAmerica.org, 1 in 11 people struggle with hunger in New Hampshire. You can do great things with your donation. Twelve years ago, my parents received assistance from a food pantry like the Haven. My mom was trying to manage engineering school and work, while my dad was taking care of me and his own job. Now I have the opportunity to go to the best school in New Hampshire! Please assist by donating non-perishable items and clothes. You might be helping future engineers, doctors, or scientists. You should donate because it feels good to know you have helped others and who knows who you could be giving a hand to.
As always, we are honored to be part of such a great community that understands we are much stronger together. Next week will see more information from the state and local health officials as we continue to navigate the ever changing situation in our towns. Until that time, please continue to stay safe, be well, and take care of each other.