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“A number of our students did not have
winter clothing, and we were able to help with
that. Additionally, our middle school kids all use
three-inch binders for their classes,” Knight said.
“A number of our students are not able to invest in
school supplies, so we have been able to provide
that. These students no longer look different and are
Most preK- 12 locals can receive up to $1,000
per year in reimbursements. Locals with more than
500 members are eligible for $2 per member. In
addition, each local can apply for $250 for school
supplies in the fall and $300 for winter clothing
during the cold months.
Many districts taking advantage of Mass Child
reimbursements assign a coordinator who works with
fellow educators in the local to identify students’
The president of the local must approve
purchases, which are made using the local’s funds.
The local then sends receipts and reimbursement
about the types
of items covered,
forms for expenditures, can be found at
The Massachusetts Child is funded completely
by donations, which may be made at any time.
“It’s gratifying when a local sends in
contributions to honor a member who is retiring
or in memory of a member who has passed away,”
Mulroney said. “It’s like we become a way for that
teacher’s good work to carry on.”
Please mail checks to The Massachusetts Child,
MTA Division of Communications, 20 Ashburton
Place, Boston, MA 02108.
By Scott McLennan
I have been freezing in my flip-flops for a month. Thank you for the boots.” A Braintree student wrote this note to the school district’s
Mass Child coordinator, and it sums up why
The Massachusetts Child charitable program
Educators see the needs of their students
firsthand. In 1996, the MTA launched The
Massachusetts Child as a way for members to meet
some of students’ needs by reimbursing preK- 12
locals for the purchase of items that will help
students succeed in school. The program grew to
include a special winter clothing grant, and last year
a school supply grant was added.
“The Mass Child program grows more popular
every year,” said Christine Mulroney, president of
the charity. “It doesn’t matter where you teach; there
are always kids and families struggling.”
Since August, The Mass Child has assisted more
than 50 locals whose members have helped their
students with warm winter clothing and by providing
appropriate school supplies and the ability for
students to take part in field trips.
Kelley Knight, an outreach social worker in the
Northampton Public Schools, worked with Mass
Child for the first time this school year.
“ “The Mass Child program
grows more popular every
year,” said Christine Mulroney,
president of the charity. “It
doesn’t matter where you
teach; there are always kids
and families struggling.”
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