M TA educators prove every day that they are as committed to their
communities as they are to their
For many, that means the warmer
months of the year are a time for
hitting the streets to help others.
Dozens of T-shirt-wearing
educators have been gearing up in
recent weeks to take part in the 20-
mile Project Bread Walk for Hunger.
Several MTA members were
cheered on recently in Hartford by the
15,000 people who turned out for the
5K Sandy Hook Run for the Families.
And the Malden Education
Association’s inaugural 5K Race/Fun
Walk, which was being held as MTA
Today went to press, was expected
to attract more than 100 educators,
businesspeople and residents.
Those charitable events are just
three of many that help underscore the
fact that public school educators are
at the very center of community life.
Involvement in such efforts does more
than raise funds for good causes; it
gives members of the public a chance
to interact with educators outside of
traditional school settings.
“These types of events are
really fun ways to give back to the
community,” said Nicole Prevost,
a member of the Quincy Education
Association and the organizer of the
MTA team in the Walk for Hunger,
The event, always on the first
Sunday in May, starts on Boston
Common and snakes its way through
Brookline, Newton, Watertown and
Cambridge before ending back at the
Although the overall walk is 20
miles long, participants can travel one
mile, the entire course or something in
between. Along the route there will be
music, refreshments and shuttle buses
for anyone looking for a ride back
to the starting line. Last year’s walk
attracted 43,000 participants and raised
MTA Vice President Tim Sullivan
will join the MTA team for the walk.
The MTA’s goal is to get 100 members
to participate or sponsor someone who
In March, at the start of the 5K
Sandy Hook Run for the Families,
the announcer asked the crowd to
recognize all educators in attendance.
Thunderous applause erupted.
“It was awesome to see all
the enthusiasm for teachers,” said
Maryann Ziemba, a history teacher at
Millis High School. “I have always
been proud to be a teacher because
giving back is part of who we are.”
T he group from the MTA New Member Committee, running in T-shirts emblazoned with the
words “Massachusetts Teachers with
Compassion,” was personally thanked
by a Newtown educator who saw the
educators in the crowd and made sure to
come over to talk with them.
“This is just an awesome
outpouring of love and camaraderie,”
said Susan Connelly, a counselor at
Newtown Middle School, who got her
start teaching in Massachusetts before
moving to Connecticut.
The Malden race, meanwhile,
was designed as a family-friendly
festival. It was set to start on April 27
at MacDonald Stadium. Registration
for the run was $25, while walkers
could sign up for $15. All proceeds are
being donated to a local anti-hunger
organization called Bread of Life.
“We have gotten the OK to have
a festival at the finish line, which will
include a bounce house, basketball
hoops and go-karts,” noted Matthew
Gillis, the MEA member organizing
Gillis said reaction to the event
has been “beyond positive.”
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MTA members Krystle LaChance, Sherri Russell, Jennifer Maio, Laura
Vago and Miriam Kranz, from left to right, participated in the recent 5K
Sandy Hook Run for the Families, which was held in Hartford.
Photo by Bob Duffy
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