The Spirit of Giving at Landmark
EMS Students Help Victims of Syrian Civil War
As the holiday season approaches, the Landmark community, known for its generosity and altruism, is participating in food and supply drives to help those in need both near and far.
The Elementary•Middle School is collecting new and gently used clothing, as well as school supplies and household items for NuDay Syria, a non-profit organization focused on bringing humanitarian aid to mothers and children inside Syria and in bordering areas of Turkey. Most children in Syria have not attended school for at least five years because of the ongoing civil war and the attendant destruction of as many as one-third of the country's buildings.
Early in 2016, former EMS Language Arts department head Terry Jennings and a group of parishioners from St. John’s Church in Beverly Farms formed the NuDay Syrian Refugee Mission of the North Shore to provide aid to NuDay Syria. The group, with the help of several other organizations, built and supplied a grammar school and restored and provided supplies for a middle-high school. The two schools educate nearly 550 students each year.
"Landmark students appreciate and value the education they receive," Terry said. "They are in a special position to recognize how important formal education is and that a country’s future depends on the education of its children."
The drive for NuDay Syria runs through November 29. After that, EMS students will collect new toys and gifts for the Wellspring House holiday store drive.
High School Food Drive
The High School Student Council organized a food drive for the Open Door food pantry. Appealing to their competitive nature, students and faculty were divided into teams. Teams that collected the most points (based on number of items collected) earned bragging rights. On the student side, Woodside prevailed. Social Sciences won for the faculty. Kudos go to the Day Student team, which had its best showing in years.
Each year, Landmark collects thousands of pounds of food for Open Door, which works to alleviate hunger on Cape Ann by providing food and meals to those in need. It also runs a thrift shop, a summer meals program for kids, food stamp assistance, job training, and other services.