On upper ElSaturday, May 2nd, the students of the Upper Elementary Class at Brixham Montessori Friends School in York, Maine, ran the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire 5K race in Dover, NH to raise money for their annual service learning project.  Moved by the story of a local baby, Rett Cavan, who lost his battle with rhabdoid cancer this February, the funds this year will go to both rhabdoid cancer research and to Rett’s Roost (, a non-profit set up by Rett’s parents with a mission to create a retreat center for families with children battling cancer).  School director, Alica Johnson-Grafe says “I’m thrilled that our students initiated this service project and proud that they were able to exceed their service project goals and realize the gift of giving.” The students collected over $1500 in pledges for research. An additional $500 was raised for Rett’s Roost by other members of the school community who were inspired by the project and cause.  26 runners sporting the RUNNING FOR RETT t-shirts ran on Saturday.  Every step of the service learning project process, from choosing to run a 5k, the t-shirt design, training schedule to choosing a recipient for funds, was student-lead and created.  In past years, Brixham’s Upper Elementary class has raised funds for the SPCA and York Food Pantry, among others, and volunteered in a senior assisted living facility.  All classes at Brixham (3-6 year olds, upper and lower elementary) participate each year in giving back to our local and global community.

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