SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: $1,000
Quabbin Regional High School – Hubbardston, MA
During my brother’s senior year in high school he decided to work with Herren Project to promote education and awareness of addiction. I was immediately intrigued and joined him as we became involved with the group, Q-Drug (Quabbin Drug Response Unifying Group). We went to their meetings and learned more about how we could help. We volunteered to decorate our hometown purple to promote our project.
We reached out to every business in town and to every family we knew via email and social media, asking if they would let us tie a ribbon to their mailbox. In the end, we had 61 mailboxes to deliver ribbons to. On a cold January weekend, we went off to paint the town purple! Every street in town had mailboxes with purple ribbons. Our voices spreading awareness of addiction were being heard.
My brother went off to college, and because of our efforts and the protests of the townspeople who supported Go Purple, the Select Board now allows us to decorate the elementary school for Go Purple week. This year the elementary school added multiple events to promote “Be You.” For three years now, I have helped raise awareness by continuing to reach out to those in my community and tie purple ribbons on mailboxes around town. Every year it is such a positive experience, working with people to help our society in this way. I always make memories I will never forget and I work with amazing people who have struggled with addiction.