Park Street School/Park Street Kids Students Unveil a Bit Of Solace for Future Families Staying at Christopher’s Haven

On May 7 at Park Street School on Brimmer Street, Park Street School (PSS) and Park Street Kids (PSK) students, parents and staff unveiled eight pieces of art, lovingly created to hang on the walls of Christopher’s Haven, a home away from home for families who have traveled to Boston for their child’s treatment for cancer.

Joyce Duvall, executive director, and Katelyn Hinson, family services manager of Christopher’s Haven, were both present to accept the gift.

Under the guidance of Louisa Trombetta, PSS art faculty, and Louise Profit, a PSS parent and co-chair, along with Christine McCormick, of the Park Street

School/Park Street Kids Parent Association Community Cares Committee, children from both campuses collaborated to produce unique and playful pieces of artwork to decorate the walls of Christopher’s Haven. In so doing, the children learned the value of giving of themselves, their time and their creativity to benefit the families staying at Christopher’s Haven.

Each piece was worked on by a team of children, ages ranging from toddler to sixth grade who were often challenged to transform the occasional “oops” into something extraordinary.

Located in Beacon Hill behind Massachusetts General Hospital, Christopher’s Haven provides a home for families when their children are receiving cancer treatment at the hospital. It is a haven for families when cancer invades their lives. This year, Park Street School and Park Street Kids Parent Association Community Cares Committee selected Christopher’s Haven as a particular outreach project. It was an opportunity for the school to reach out to help neighbors.

It is hoped that the artwork created by the children for Christopher’s Haven will truly bring com-fort to the families, and a sense that they are not in their fight alone because neighboring children and families at Park Street School and Park Street Kids are thinking of them.

In addition to the artwork gifted by the children, the Parent Association Community Cares Committee is also collecting gift cards for the families staying at Christopher’s Haven. Suggested gift cards include those from the Galleria Mall, CVS, Whole Foods, Stop & Shop and Charlie Cards. Cash donations are also being accepted.

The Park Street School/Park Street Kids Parent Association Community Cares Committee wishes to thank all the volunteers that donated their time and materials to make this project possible. Most especially, it thanks Louisa Trombetta for her courage and vision to bring out the best in our children each moment they spend in her art studio, as well as the many volunteers who donated their time and materials, including Charles Street Hardware and

Supply, Rugg Road, Boston Home Renovations, Laura Fleming and Mario Turco, Tara Gohlmann, Barbara King and everyone on The Community Cares Committee.

The Community Cares Committee includes Christine McCormick (co-chair), Louise Profit (co-chair), Katie Andrews, Helena Bauk, Emily Bagley, Abby Belge, Lisa Le

Blanc, Catrice Coleman, Jane Connolly, Julie Crafton, Stacy Choi, Laurie Dumas, Michelle Freeman, Jennifer Nassour, Tannaz Saponaro, Mar Shertenlieb, Sarah Snedeker, Gitanjali Srivastava, Sue Touloukian and Kirsten Weller.

The Park Street School/Park Street Kids Parent Association Community Cares Committee also offers special thanks to the support of Jean Egan and Kelly Sawyer, presidents of the Parent Association.

For more information on Christopher’s Haven, visit http://www.christophershaven.org/.

For more information on Park Street School/Park Street Kids, visit www.parkstreetschool.org.

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