A group of Central Catholic student volunteers recently spent their evening getting messy at a very special paint night! Student volunteers were paired with individuals who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, assisting them with planning out their art and offering direction and support.
The event was offered through Fidelity House – a non-profit organization in Lawrence that offers family support services, in-home services, residential options and more to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This activity wasn’t led by instructors, instead it was a free paint where participants were able to utilize their own personal artistic talents with the assistance of student-volunteers and direct care staff.
Freshman Brianna Hasbany '22 enjoyed helping the artists bring their pieces together. “I love working with people to help make them feel happy, welcome, and to help them have fun. I want to put a smile on their faces! I feel it is important to volunteer for events like this, because we are so blessed with what we have, and it is good to give back to other people who may need support.”
Ms. Jonina Goyette, Senior Program Director for Fidelity House, collaborated with Ms. Marie Theroux, a faculty member in the World Language Department at CCHS, to recruit Central Catholic students for the event.
“We were very excited to get together once again with students from Central Catholic High School,” said Ms. Goyette. “Everyone had a fun filled time together while exploring their own personal creativity painting on canvas. It was a casual and relaxed atmosphere and people truly enjoyed engaging with the students, as well as fostering friendships which is something we as an agency strive for. Each time Central Catholic students have come to our agency has been a wonderful experience for the people that we support, and we are looking forward to taking advantage of future opportunities moving forward.”
Photo Caption: In the above photo, junior Katie O'Brien '20 assists in the painting of a Christmas tree during a paint night event at Fidelity House.
Photo Caption: Picture here, teacher Ms. Marie Theroux assists Juan Tavares (right of Theroux) and Jeffrey Pryor during the paint night event at Fidelity House.
Thanks to our dedicated students and faculty who volunteered their time to paint with our friends at Fidelity House!