Watertown Middle School Students Collect Items for People Battling Opioid Addiction

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Eighth graders at Watertown Middle School collected cold weather items for people overcoming addiction at a program at Mass. General Hospital. This was the first activity for the group working to help those trying to overcome addiction.

Eighth graders at Watertown Middle School collected cold weather items for people overcoming addiction at a program at Mass. General Hospital. This was the first activity for the group working to help those trying to overcome addiction.

In their first effort to help patients trying to overcome addiction, a group of Watertown Middle School students collected clothes and other items to help homeless people in need.

Before winter break, a group fo WMS students held an ugly sweater party, to which they were asked to bring a new, cold weather item for a homeless adult in need, such as backpack, new socks, mittens, knit hat, or scarves, according to Watertown School Committee member Amy Donohue.

The item were delivered to Mass. General Hospital’s Substance Use Disorder Bridge Clinic to give to its patients.┬áTeachers Chris McDermott and Aine Dirane, who lead the WMS community service groups, have worked with a group of eighth graders to spear head this new initiative.

The eighth graders also received support from Watertown Police Lt. Daniel Unsworth, Dr. Laura Kehoe, medical director at the Mass. General Bridge Clinic, and Watertown resident Peter Airisian, who founded Watertown Overcoming Addiction.

3 thoughts on “Watertown Middle School Students Collect Items for People Battling Opioid Addiction

  1. This is great. I commend all students involved is this effort. I would like to find out how I could help. I am handicapped and starred knitting / crocheting again. I would like to help with my things I could give. Such as knitted hand warmers , scarfs, are what I could knit up fast. All for f/ m. Females/ males.
    Please let me know if you are going to continue this project.
    My name is Pat. Dirr
    47. Ralph st. Watertown, Ma
    627 416-6985

  2. Congratulations to these students and their teachers! A special hello to teacher Aine Dirraine, whom I remember well as a student at Watertown Middle School.
    Retired WMS teacher, Judy Zimmerman

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