Dressed as their favorite superheroes, our elementary students ran their way to gather donations and had a great time in the process.
On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 ASM held its annual elementary school Jog-A-Thon. There were over 400 students, staff, teachers, and parents running at the event.
Students ran for 30 minutes and after the Jog-A-Thon was over they were all awarded with popsicles. It was an amazing start to the day with everyone leaving the field energized and with a smile on their face.
All funds raised for this event go to Fondazione Francesca Rava, an organization that helps children in difficult conditions in Italy and throughout the world.
For their CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) Project, two ASM seniors raised funds for the TRY Women Association of The Gambia, a community based association that consists of women who are "oyster and cockle harvesters in The Gambia working to raise their standards of living by improving their livelihoods" (TRY mission).
Marina and Scintilla, the two ASM seniors who took this project on, strategized to raise money to help women in these regions. Through bake sales, emails, presentations, a campaign and support from ASM, they were able to raise 5,000 euro for this association!
To read the article from the TRY Association in regards to this fundraising, please click here.
Six schools have been completed, providing over 1500 students with a safe, earthquake-proof space to learn and grow.
For the past two years ASM students, with the assistance of All Hands Volunteers, put down their books and picked up tools to help build new schools in Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake of April 25, 2016.
The work was difficult and at times challenging but in the long run it was a rewarding experience that brought hope to over 1500 students living in the areas directly affected by the earthquake. Now these children have "access to earthquake resilient schools" (All Hands Volunteers).
See photos below of the finished schools.
ASM for Amatrice: American School of Milan Raises over €10,000 to help construct a new school in earthquake-devastated central Italy.
On Friday, September 9, 2016, the American School of Milan (ASM) community joined together for an evening of pasta amatriciana to benefit the survivors of August's devastating earthquake in central Italy. The earthquake stuck during the night of August 24th causing the death of almost 300 people and widespread infrastructural damage and destruction throughout the region, above all in the town of Amatrice.
"As both citizens - and guests of this beautiful country - we cannot ignore the tragedy that has befallen the people of central Italy," stated ASM Director, Maureen O. Madden. It is our responsibility, and our duty to offer whatever assistance we can to the victims."
While just kicking off the school year, the ASM community, led by Mrs. Madden, students and the Advancement Office, organized a benefit pasta dinner to raise funds to help build a new school. The dinner with the slogan "Together for Amatrice" was a great success with over 600 community members in attendance or volunteering. The ASM Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, PTO and suppliers all pitched in by donating food and drink, funds and their time to set-up, cook and clean-up to make the evening a success. Fully supported and financed by volunteers and donations, Together for Amatrice raised €10,225. These funds were sent to support the relief efforts, specifically the rebuilding of a permanent new school for the children of Amatrice.
"Here at ASM, we are fortunate to have the facility, the talent, the hardworking people, the generous community and the passion and the compassion to do whatever it takes to assist and support the people who have lost nearly everything," said Mrs. Madden.
The ASM elementary school jog-a-thon in late October will also raise funds for Amatrice, which faces a daunting rebuilding effort.