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As the Charitable Recipient, Mount Saint Charles Academy will receive a donation from the proceeds of the annual race, as well as have an active role in the Greenway Challenge, including assisting with logistics and hosting a transition site on event day. Mount Saint Charles Academy has been an active participant for several years, as both volunteers and racers. They have a recreational team that participates in the Challenge each year that includes teachers, parents and students. Students have volunteered at various transition sites each year in support of the race, as well as with the photography team, capturing moments of the day.


To be eligible for this recognition, the charitable recipient must have a mission that complements the goals of the Greenway Challenge — to promote recreational quality of life in the Blackstone River Valley and to support clean water campaigns, hiking and biking trails, wildlife projects, environmental education and development of waterway access.

“This annual service project [the Greenway Challenge] has helped our school to deepen our community spirit, to be educated, to feel responsible and to be part of this important advocacy in our local area,” says Barbara Ferrer, religion teacher and service opportunity moderator at Mount Saint Charles Academy. “Throughout each year, one of the areas of service that we like to get our students involved in is the environment. Taking care of the local area streets, parks, bike paths and water ways is something many of our school population enjoy and many feel a sincere obligation to be a part of keeping it safe, clean and maintained.”

Ferrer says that the donation will help the school continue and increase its environmental efforts. The school’s environmental science program does various activities analyzing the water of the Blackstone River. The grant money would help them increase the classwork, including expanding some of the experiments they perform. Funds would also assist with plans for a community garden, which would be run by student volunteers.

“I am delighted to see such environmental activities embraced by the students at Mount Saint Charles Academy, and for taking an active role to improve the Blackstone Valley, says Thompson. “ I want to commend these young people for their valuable contribution and welcome Mount Saint Charles Academy as our 2013 partner.”

Some of the previous charitable grant recipients are the Governor Aram J. Pothier Elementary School (2012), the Blackstone River Watershed Association (2011) and the Blackstone River Watershed Council (2010).

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