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Students, Lasell Village Collaborate to Gather School Supplies for Boston Area School Children

November 10, 2014

Lasell Visual Merchandising students and Lasell Village residents recently collaborated on a project called Boxed for Success that will bring colorfully designed boxes of school supplies to children at St. Patrick School in Roxbury, Mass.

The project, which combines design-related work for fashion students and community service, was created through a College connection between the Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL) and St. Patrick School.

"Each year the Visual class has an assigned project that involves an aspect of community service. This year we are happy to have the opportunity to work with a local elementary school and to take an intergenerational approach as well," said Fashion Design Professor Anne Vallely.

The CCBL, which organizes a group of Lasell student tutors to volunteer at St. Patrick School, received word that the school needed school supplies.

The Visual Merchandizing students were asked to design boxes to house the school supplies and gather supply donations to fill them. Many of the supplies came from Lasell Village residents who were asked to contribute.

The boxes are scheduled for delivery November 24, just before the Thanksgiving holiday. The Lasell students plan to deliver the boxes and speak to the children about the meaning of the holiday.