Dozens of Students Volunteer at Vettes to Vets
Twenty-five Landmark High School students volunteered at the 16th Annual Vettes to Vets Day on September 29 to support veterans at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Mass.
Students were grouped into two teams, one processed thousands of donated items for the hospital before they were loaded onto the truck for delivery and the other worked the food line, serving thousands of people. Landmark Chaplain Bill Ferguson and teachers Olivia Bochicchio and Steven Melaragni joined the students on the trip. Rev. Ferguson praised the students for their work ethic and professionalism.
"They were polite, self-sacrificing (by that I mean they would not take breaks or took over for someone else so they could take a break)," he said. "It was precious to see and I simply could not be more proud."
Students' Professionalism Earns Praise
Rev. Ferguson was not the only leader to commend Landmark students. Sean Thibodeau, an executive at a company in Chelmsford who volunteers each year at Vettes to Vets, took the time to email Rev. Ferguson about our students.
"In my time at this event, I’ve seen countless organizations, groups, clubs show up to volunteer and support the event, but this year a group stood out beyond every other I’ve witnessed. The volunteers from Landmark School worked effectively, energetically, enthusiastically and most impressive, as a team," Mr. Thibodeau said. "Without having the process dictated to them, they streamlined their work to make it as functional and effective as humanly possible. They communicated with each other and those around them. These volunteers were respectful in their interactions with each other, my team, other volunteers, and myself. They were simply the most impressive group of young volunteers I’ve witnessed at this event or any other I’ve served in."
Program Has Raised more than $500,000 for Veterans
The Corvette parade has grown from 25 cars in 2003 to more than 720 vehicles in 2019. Since Vettes to Vets began, more than $500,000 has been raised in monetary and non-monetary donations. Funds have been used to rebuild the hospital’s greenhouse, maintain an education center for veterans with free Internet and computer training, build a new hospice unit, and purchase a wheelchair van for recreational outings for patients.