Bellesini 6th grade student Christopher and his mom at the Annual Mother's Day Breakfast
Giving Thanks and Giving Back at Bellesini!
Bellesini E-Newsletter
June 2014
Bellesini Students Host Annual Mother's Day Breakfast
Every May, Bellesini hosts a special Mother's Day breakfast for our students and their mothers.  We were very happy that some of our students' grandmothers also were able to attend.  The breakfast provides an opportunity for mothers and sons to enjoy a meal together in a relaxed setting.
Each year students make gifts to present to their mothers with messages of gratitude for their constant love and support.  This year, students created coasters crafted from tiles decoupaged with floral paper.  We appreciate all of the support our mothers provide the students, as well as their volunteer service here at Bellesini!
Bellesini Alumni Give Back in Philanthropy Club        
Jean A., now a student at St. John's Prep, makes the presentation to Cor Unum & Family Services in Bellesini's library.
For the past several years, Bellesini students have participated in the Philanthropy Club, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.  This year, seven Bellesini alumni returned to join the program, under the direction of Bellesini's Alumni Support Coordinator, Caitlin Kelly.  "The Philanthropy Club met for about three months," said Ms. Kelly. "During this time w
e learned how nonprofits are organized, about the structure of a nonprofit, budgets, mission statements, and researched nonprofits in Lawrence. The alumni discussed values that were most important to them and we talked about the needs in Lawrence. We chose the Cor Unum Meal Center and Big Friends, Little Friends, a mentoring program that is part of Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, to receive grants of $2,500 each."

Bellesini alumni participating in the Philanthropy Club this year are Bradley C., Jean A., Juan C., Jonathan A., Luis G., Michael L., and Josiel A. The alumni are also serving dinner at Cor Unum on Thursdays this summer.

Bellesini Students and Alumni Share Their Stories of Success at "Climbing to New Heights" Spring Event
Jhoneidy J., a Bellesini alumnus and junior at Saint John's Prep, played the piano throughout the evening.
On Friday, May 9th, Bellesini hosted it's annual Spring Event and Auction at St. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Andover with over 150 guests in attendance.  Guests enjoyed made-to-order entrees at live cooking stations, and had the opportunity to interact with Bellesini's current students, parents and alumni. 

Euris shares how Bellesini supported him through high school and college.
Euris Gonzalez, a member of the Class of 2006, shared how Bellesini changed the course of his life, and helped make it possible for him to graduate this year from Merrimack College with a degree in Civil Engineering, the first member of his family to earn a college degree.  After graduating from Bellesini and Pingree School, Euris returned to Bellesini to work in the after-school and evening study programs, and has been an excellent role model and mentor to current students.                                                                                                                             
Guests also viewed a video from the Catholic Schools Foundation's Inner City Scholarship Fund, featuring Bellesini 7th grader, Julian and his family.  To view the video, please click on the link below:
24th Annual ICSF Dinner Student Video
24th Annual ICSF Dinner Student Video featuring Julian.
The event raised over $103,500, including $33,000 to support Bellesini's four-week Summer Program.  We are very grateful to all of our auction donors and guests who made this evening a great success for the young men we serve.
Bellesini Summer Program

For four weeks each summer, Bellesini students attend the Summer Program at St. John's Prep in Danvers.  The Summer Program prevents summer learning loss through the continuation of academic classes and enrichment programs, allows students to experience recreational activities in a safe environment, and provides exposure to life on a prep school campus. The cost to send a student to the program is $1,000, therefore we need to raise $60,000 to fund the program for all 60 students.  We are very thankful to the donors at our Spring Event for helping us raise $33,000 so far  for this year's program.  Please consider helping us raising the remaining $27,000 needed to fully fund the program.

A gift to the Summer Program is an investment in a young man's life that really pays off.  $1,000 pays for a student to attend the entire month, $500 pays for two weeks, and $100 pays for two days.    
To read more about the importance of the Summer Program, please click on the following link:

In This Issue
Mother's Day Breakfast
Philanthropy Club
Bellesini Spring Event
Summer Program
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