March 22 2016
MSMS Teen LIGHT Students Present This Year's Charity Goal at Board of Selectmen
By: Rich Hosford
The dedicated middle-school students that make up the charity organization Teen LIGHT are once again working hard for a good cause.
The club members were at the Board of Selectmen meeting last week to bring the members up to date on this year’s project and to seek permission of the Town Common for their annual Walk-a-thon fundraiser.
As they do every year, the students lined up and each read a segment of a prepared presentation explaining their mission and goals. This year they said they are looking to raise funds for childhood cancer and have set the ambitious goal of raising $20,000 for themselves.
They are off to a good start. They said they have already sold 4,019 chocolate lollypops for a dollar each. They are also holding a fundraiser at the Burlington Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill on April 7 where a portion of diner’s bills will go to the effort.
“We feel as though we are accomplishing a big goal,” one of the students said.
The group said they would like to hold the big annual event, the 5k walk-a-thon, on Saturday, June 4. They said the set-up would begin at 10 a.m., registration at 10:30 a.m. and the walk at 11 a.m. There would be food and events on the common following the walk. They would be done by 2 p.m.
“This event will bring Burlington together and help to fight cancer,” a student told the board.
The students said the money raised will go to four different causes. Part will go to support the family of Olivia Steiner, a Burlington toddler with cancer. They will also support two other children with cancer from area communities and they will donate money to Camp Sunshine, which offers retreats free of charge for children suffering from cancer and their families.
The selectmen voted unanimously to approve the use of the Town Common. They also praised the middle-school students for their work.
“It sounds like you are already well on the way to your goal,” Chairman Mike Runyan said.
“I’ve said this each year - it is very encouraging for the future of this town and this country that we have young people stepping up like this,” Selectman Bob Hogan added. The others echoed the sentiment.