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Applewild Parents Donate to Revolving Museum, Cancer Support Center

June 11, 2018 GMT

FITCHBURG -- The Applewild School Parents Association has a long-standing tradition of giving back to the local community in keeping with the school’s emphasis on community service and service learning as part of the curriculum.

Each year, the association solicits nominations of local nonprofit agencies from their parents to consider giving grants to support charities. After nominations are sought from the larger parent community, a vote is taken to select community award recipients.

This year, the Parents Association voted to split the grants and distribute donations to two area organizations. Representatives from both organizations were invited to accept their awards at a recent appreciation breakfast.

The first recipient is The Revolving Museum. Led and founded by artist Jerry Beck in 1984, The Revolving Museum and its spirited team of artists began revitalizing unusual, unused and abandoned urban spaces. The Revolving Museum’s signature phrase, “Making Space for Art and Community,” suggests the collaborative nature of the museum’s vision and the belief that a community can be strengthened through an introduction to art, to one another, to contemporary social concerns and to the artistic possibilities of their shared environment.

The second recipient is the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center in Harvard. Margaret Koch, its executive director, was delighted to accept the donation to further the center’s mission to optimize the quality of life for all those affected by cancer. Its services are open to all those affected by cancer, including caregivers and family. In addition, it ensures that financial limitations are not a barrier to their care. It is also on the forefront of global cancer prevention by providing expertise in therapeutic services and well education to the community at large.