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April 2, 2014

'Stand Up and Serve'

Manchester students aid Open Door

Students in the fifth grade at Manchester’s Memorial Elementary School are getting some firsthand experience in community service this spring through a program called Stand Up and Serve.

And on Tuesday, many of them did precisely that while acting as volunteers at The Open Door food pantry and service agency in Gloucester.

“It has been shown that when young people volunteer, they develop respect, resilience and leadership skills, as well as the ability and opportunity to positively engage in their greater community,” said fifth-grade teacher Maggie Tomaiolo, who has organized the program. “These are skills that will serve them well, especially as they move on to the middle school next year and, hopefully, throughout their lives.”

The project is set up so that each volunteer opportunity includes 11/2 hours of community service.

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