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Beautification Day held at Mater Christi School

Volunteers pose for a picture following the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the Mater Christi School Beautification Day on Aug. 16. Pictured in the back from left to right: Mary Ellen and Michaela Forgione of South Burlington; Anthony Fontana, Shelburne; Peter Brescia, Alburgh; John Abry, Colchester; Patty LaMothe, Shelburne; Reed Abry of Colchester; Kaitlyn Dorey of Colchester.  Pictured in the front from left to right: Ting Shlansky of Ferrisburgh; P.J. Forgione of South Burlington; Angela, Gavin and Sam DeSanctis of Swanton; John Carney of Colchester; Anthony and Margret Brescia of Alburgh; Joe Fisher of Colchester. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Volunteers pose for a picture following the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the Mater Christi School Beautification Day on Aug. 16.
Pictured in the back from left to right: Mary Ellen and Michaela Forgione of South Burlington; Anthony Fontana, Shelburne; Peter Brescia, Alburgh; John Abry, Colchester; Patty LaMothe, Shelburne; Reed Abry of Colchester; Kaitlyn Dorey of Colchester.
Pictured in the front from left to right: Ting Shlansky of Ferrisburgh; P.J. Forgione of South Burlington; Angela, Gavin and Sam DeSanctis of Swanton; John Carney of Colchester; Anthony and Margret Brescia of Alburgh; Joe Fisher of Colchester. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Thirty-eight people showed up on Aug. 16 for Beautification Day, an annual end-of-summer tradition at Mater Christi School. The group took on a variety of jobs such as weeding, painting classrooms and pavement lines, washing windows, trimming hedges and removing drywall.

The adults and children made the day even more meaningful by participating in the ALS Challenge, with John Carney getting doused with ice water. Several members of the Mater Christi School community have relatives and /or other friends suffering from ALS and are impressed at how wide spread this Challenge has become and are hoping – along with everyone else – that with the extra funding, a cure for this disease will be found soon.

Organizers of the MCS Beautification Day were Ting Shlansky and Angela DeSanctis.

In addition to those shown in the picture, the following volunteered their time and energy to preparing the school and grounds for the students whose first day of school was Aug. 26: Sarah Lavoie; Patrick, William, Mike and Sherry Sawyer; Deb Cardinal; Noel and Craig Boucher; Jack, Christy and JB Bahrenburg; Bill Embick; Karen and Bret Shabazz; Rob LeBlanc; Elisa Ferguson; Tim Collins; and Anna