Shrewsbury High students donate sports equipment to younger kids

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Members of the C.A.R.E. team (left to right,  front to back) – Jake  Mastrandrea, Jackie Sullivan, Maria Maniatis, Megan Warwick, Grayson Lee, Meg Power, Ryan Welch, Joe Walton, Ryan Bunton, Nick Quitadamo, and Erik Schaeffer. (Photos/submitted)
Members of the C.A.R.E. team (left to right, front to back) – Jake Mastrandrea, Jackie Sullivan, Maria Maniatis, Megan Warwick, Grayson Lee, Meg Power, Ryan Welch, Joe Walton, Ryan Bunton, Nick Quitadamo, and Erik Schaeffer. (Photos/submitted)

Shrewsbury – More than a dozen student-athletes from Shrewsbury High School (SHS) participated in the school’s inaugural C.A.R.E. project on April 9 and 12, collecting new and gently used sporting and playground equipment and distributing it to students at the Calvin Coolidge Elementary School while discussing the benefits of physical fitness.

The SHS Colonials Athletic and Recreation Equipment (C.A.R.E.) Drive took place April 9 at SHS. Families from Shrewsbury and members of the SHS community donated more than 500 pieces of new or gently used sporting equipment.

The C.A.R.E. team then took the equipment to Coolidge Elementary school April 12 and distributed it to every student, grades K-4, while speaking at each grade’s lunch about the benefits of staying physically fit.

“I was truly impressed with the efforts of Jake Mastrandrea (Class of 2017) and his fellow classmates in organizing the SHS C.A.R.E. Drive for the Coolidge Elementary School,” said SHS Athletic Director Jason Costa. “Jake took initiative to create physical fitness awareness for elementary age students through the use of the collection of old equipment so that every student at Coolidge School could participate. This event showed great leadership amongst high school students to make a difference in young students’ lives. I was truly impressed how well the event was organized and received by the Coolidge community.”

Coolidge used the event as a springboard to discussing the importance of physical fitness in each of its classrooms on April 13.