Bromley Brook Therapeutic Boarding School for Girls to Raise Money for Haiti Relief

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Students at private all-girls boarding school to hold play, bake sale and clothing sale in community to raise money for Hope for Haiti.

It gives the girls a sense of global awareness, a sense of what it means to be privileged and a sense of responsibility that comes with that privilege

On Friday, March 12, students at Bromley Brook therapeutic boarding school for girls will hold several events in the community in an effort to raise $1,000 for Haiti relief in light of the country’s devastating January 12 earthquake.

“We were watching the news about Haiti and really wanted to do something to help,” said Kate M., a 17-year-old senior at Bromley Brook who helped organize the event. “Knowing we’re going to help them makes me feel really good.”

The day’s main event will be a play, “Fighting for Myself,” performed by 14 Bromley Brook students. The play is made up of a series of vignettes about growing up in modern times, and involves stories on teen pregnancy and teen drug use. It will be performed at Maple Street School in Manchester Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the play are $5, and donations to Hope for Haiti are encouraged.

Hope for Haiti is a charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children, through education, nutrition and healthcare. After considering a number of charities, the girls at Bromley Brook School selected Hope for Haiti because it has been in existence for almost 20 years in Haiti and 96 percent of the donations they receive go directly to the children and families they serve. Also, 100 percent of the donations received in response to the earthquake are going directly to their disaster relief efforts on the ground in Haiti.

In addition to the play, Bromley Brook students will hold a bake sale and sell T-shirts they designed themselves for $20 each to help reach their fundraising goal.

“We want people in the community to feel good about themselves afterward, like they donated money and helped a bit,” said Ashley K., a 17-year-old junior at Bromley Brook who also helped organize the event.

The day’s activities provide a way for the girls at Bromley Brook to develop a better understanding of world events and gain some perspective on their own lives, say school administrators.

“It gives the girls a sense of global awareness, a sense of what it means to be privileged and a sense of responsibility that comes with that privilege,” said Mary Jo DeGrandi, MS, coordinator of Special Therapeutic Programs at Bromley Brook.

The fundraising day also allows people in the community to gain a better understanding of what Bromley Brook School is and what its students are capable of, she says.

“It helps to dispel myths or ideas about who the Bromley Brook girls are and builds bridges with the community,” DeGrandi said.

About Bromley Brook School

Bromley Brook School is a therapeutic boarding school for girls ages 13 to 17. The school aims to meet the specialized learning requirements and unique social needs of teenage girls while providing professional mentoring, leadership training and strong family involvement.

Bromley Brook is a program of Aspen Education Group, the nation’s leading provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling or underachieving young people. Aspen’s services range from short-term intervention programs to residential treatment, and include a variety of therapeutic settings such as boarding schools, outdoor behavioral health programs and special needs summer camps, allowing professionals and families the opportunity to choose the best setting to meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs.

Aspen Education Group is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. For over two decades, CRC Health has been achieving successful outcomes for individuals and families.

For more information, please call (866) 515-5202 or visit Bromley Brook School.

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