Testimonials

I just want to take the time to say THANK YOU for the [Student Wellness] program Thursday. It was fantastic!!! I really appreciate the invite and all the hard work.  I know programs such as the ones we do take a lot of time to prepare and organize.

 

Charlene L. RichardsonAssociate Director Nurses, Massachusetts Nurses Association

I am the principal of Davis Hill Elementary School in Holden, Massachusetts. Last week we had a program on internet safety put on by your office. Mrs. Ellen Miller was the presenter. She did a phenomenal job! She was direct but engaging. She kept the student’s interest and presented the key issues that surround the modern communication that is available to kids.

Well done! I also want to thank the District Attorney Early, for allowing this kind of support to our schools and our students.

Mark Aucoin

It was a pleasure to be your keynote speaker and workshop presenter yesterday at the Fifth Annual Safe Schools Summit at the Worcester Technical High School. After being initially contacted by Liz Haddad, we worked hand-in-hand over the ensuing months to focus on specific presentations designed to address the needs of the audience. I trust we accomplished that goal.

To me, the success of such an event is due in large part to those who work behind the scenes. I want to take this opportunity to personally thank several individuals, without whose help, the event would not have run as smoothly as it did. The first tip of the hat goes to Liz Haddad who is a joy to work with. Her energy, down-to-earth approach, sense of humor and inviting attitude made it easy for me to do my part. Her planning provided for the assistance of Rick Torres at the school who in turn made his capable students Anthony and Ramon available throughout the day. Add to that the student input on the fabulous lunch and one can readily acknowledge a solid team victory.

It goes without saying that the forethought of you, Mr. Early, to institute such an annual conference, is commendable. In working with Mr. Gardiner, together you represent an unbeatable combination and a powerful voice for youth throughout the Worcester County community. Your actions, exemplified by the conference, posit a model that bodes well for all youth in Massachusetts. As one confronted with his own mental health challenges, I personally want to thank both of you for focusing on student mental health this year.

​ Kindly pass along my kudos, not only to those mentioned here, also to all those who worked to insure the success of the event. I’m honored to have been a part of it.

Garry L. EarlesLICSW

On behalf of the City of Gardner, Municipal Grounds Commission and the Department of Public Works, I would like to thank you for your generous donation to the Parks & Recreation Fund. Your donation makes it possible for us to continue to make improvements to the City‘s parks and playgrounds.

So far this year, we have made significant improvements to Bickford Playground in South Gardner including the addition of a walking path, volleyball court and converting the dilapidated tennis courts into basketball courts. At Ovila Case Playground, on the western side of the City, we have added a walking path, refurbished the tennis courts and repaired the parking lot.

Future improvements include refurbishing or replacing old and/or broken playground equipment, the addition of picnic areas, a skate park and dog friendly areas. These improvements have been made possible because of thoughtful contributions from individuals such as you. When individuals or businesses look at locations for their home or business, one of the determining factors is always the amenities of the community. Thanks to you, Gardner’s amenities are improving and once again becoming jewels of the City.

Once again, thank you for your generous donation.

Dane ArnoldDPW/Municipal Grounds Director

On behalf of the Worcester Community Action Council Inc.’s staff and board of directors, I sincerely thank you for your generous gift to the 2012-2013 Community Action Fund … Your generous donation to the annual campaign will help support participants in one of our 18 emergency services and economic self-sufficiency programs. With your gift, you will help guide people along the path to personal independence.

Jill C. DagilisExecutive Director, WCAC

On behalf of our Board of Directors, our staff and, most importantly, the veterans we serve, please accept our sincere appreciation for you kind contribution of $175 to the Veterans Inc. 16th Annual Best Ball Golf Classic. … With the help of generous supporters like you, we will continue as one of the largest providers of services for veterans and their families in New England. Once again, we thank you for your support.

Allison A. AlaimoDirector, Finance & Development, Veterans Inc.

Thank you for your generous support and continued great work with youth in our community!

Without people like you, we would not be able to reach the youth that we do at each Youth Leadership Summit.

Youth Leadership Summit Planning TeamLUK Inc. – Fitchburg

Thank you so much for personally coming to our school. We know how busy you are, and it means a lot to us to know how committed you are to our students. Ellen Miller always does an outstanding job in her presentations, connecting with the children and thoughtfully answering their questions.

Judy EvansPrincipal, Dr. Leroy E. Mayo Elementary School

Thank you for coming to our school to teach us about being safe. We were glad to learn about staying safe from cyber-bullying. Thank you for teaching us how to avoid unsafe questions and answers. We are thankful to learn about all the ways we might keep from giving private information out to gaming friends. It was good to learn that it’s OK not to answer online questions that are uncomfortable. We used that information and share it with our families.

We promise to life by the Golden Rule and always do our best to be cyber-safe.

Mrs. White’s Third GradersDr. Leroy E. Mayo Elementary School

Thanks you so much for being with us here tonight and for sharing such and important presentation with our community.

All of us at the Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley are greatly appreciative of your support and the support of your community outreach office.

Laura and the Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley

I would like to thank you for taking time out of your schedule to speak to the Worcester Police Academy recruits and the academy staff. The recruits received valuable guidance and instruction from you. It was an excellent learning experience for them.

The recruits, academy staff and I appreciate all of the efforts you and your staff made to make the day a valuable component of the academy.

Jack RyderWorcester Police Captain

Thank you for your generous and thoughtful contribution to the WTAG Christmas for Children Fund at Greater Worcester Community Foundation. This fund was created in 2000 to give Christmas gifts to children in foster care in the Worcester area. … We are grateful for your gift that helps to build a vibrant community.

Ann T. LisiExecutive Director, Greater Worcester Community Foundation

We want to express our thanks and appreciation to the District Attorney’s Office for helping make the statewide Bullying Prevention and Education Conference at South High Community School such a large success.

Worcester School Committee

On behalf of the staff and Grade 5 students at the Julia Bancroft School, we would like to thank you for visiting our school and talking to us about cyber bullying and internet safety. We truly appreciate you taking the time to discuss this very important topic with out students.

Susan M. LopezPrincipal, Bancroft School

Your generous donation to the Worcester Jewish Community Center Biddy Basketball Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Teams helped make this program a tremendous success. You sponsorship included team basketball T-shirts with your name, helped defray the cost of officials and the cost of the program. This season we serviced over 200 children.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire Worcester JCC community, please accept our sincere thanks for you commitment and support. It is because of your generosity we can continue to reach out to more Worcester area families in need of our programs.

Moe Bergman & Bob BermanHealth & Physical Education Committee

I am very pleased to acknowledge receipt of your note dated Nov. 12, 2012 and the enclosed check to support the collaborative program efforts of the Worcester Juvenile Court and the Worcester Art Museum. We very much appreciate your donation and will see to it that these funds are used to purchase art materials or to offer a workshop for the population being served by this program.

Matthias WascheckDirector, Worcester Art Museum

On behalf of the kids and staff at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, thank you for your donation of PSAs and posters about the dangers of drinking and driving. We work hard to educate our members about this important issue, and your support is truly appreciated. We served 8,000 youth annually and more than 500 kids participate in programs at our three Clubhouses every day. We serve more children than many other youth development organizations in Central Massachusetts. Our achievements would be impossible without the support of people like you.

Liz HamiltonExecutive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester

I just wanted to say thank you for having us at your Wellness Conference. It was very engaging, informative and well run. Your staff was very helpful and the students were excited to share their experience with their peers. We truly appreciate you helping us better understand addiction and the effects it can have on a person as well as their family.

Kenneth RickerAt-Risk Liaison, Leominster Middle Schools

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this program. Working in several different communities across Worcester County I feel this program is perfect for and exactly what so many schools are looking for. The information and length of the presentation are well designed for both large and small groups. I highly recommend this program for other districts, Worcester County is very fortunate to have a District Attorney that is so engaged and proactive and an Outreach Team that continues to provide education programs to our students.

I was impressed with the student’s reaction and engagement at all three presentations at Samoset Middle School. Even with some technical difficulties the students remained attentive and engaged. As the mission of the Leominster Opioid Task Force is education programs like this are so important, they start conversations.

Thank you for all your hard work!

Jaclyn CavaioliChair, Leominster Opioid Task Force

Thank you for presenting this program to our students.  This is the first formal program presented to the students about substance use, opioids and addictions.  As a school nurse and with my background of being involved with substance use and addictions with A.E.D. Foundation, Inc., I feel the content, delivery, and length of presentation is well designed for middle school students.  As I shared with you, I am very proud of our student’s attentiveness and patience with the minor technical video malfunction.  It was great to have a visit from District Attorney Joe Early, Jr.  This enhanced the importance of the knowledge being delivered.  I highly recommend the presentation to any middle school group of students. Worcester County is fortunate to have the District Attorney of Worcester County Community Outreach Team available to us in supporting the education of our students to know the facts and make healthy choices.

You helped make Samoset’s participation in National Drugs and Alcohol Facts Week a success!

Thank you for providing the opportunity to allow me to take the training online.

Susan AvalloneSchool Nurse, Samoset Middle and Preschool, Leominster

Thank you so much for coming and jumpstarting our freshmen here at Worcester Technical High School!  It sets the tone for the year.

We appreciate all that you do for the students of the Worcester Public Schools!  Your commitment to their education is unwavering and appreciate it!

Siobhan PetrellaAssistant Principal, Worcester Technical High School

I wanted to let you know that I have had several of my friends reach out to me tonight telling me how their kids came home talking about the presentation today. They mentioned how it started a conversation and answered many questions. Everyone is very thankful for such a wonderful presentation!

Parent at Samoset Middle School, Leominster