MALDEN, MA (March 21, 2014) Four Malden Catholic students and Campus Ministry Director, Mary Driscoll, were recently honored for their outstanding work by the IPods for Wounded Veterans Program(IWV). Joe Monteiro of Stoneham, Connor MacIssac of Winthrop, Karlens Joas of Malden and Brian Liwo of Melrose were recognized for their participation in the program for wounded veterans. The students volunteered their time at Barnes and Noble in Burlington where they promoted the program and raised several thousand dollars for their campaign. The money raised will be used to buy IPods, Kindles and headphones for the wounded soldiers of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts who are now in the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C.
Driscoll was honored by the Wounded Veterans Program for her outstanding contributions in encouraging the students. Mrs. Driscoll was awarded the 2013 Community Service Award for continued support of the IWV. Under her leadership, students from Malden Catholic wrote Dear Soldier letters to the heroic men and women who are being treated for their wounds after serving their country abroad. The handwritten letters and heartfelt notes help to renew the spirit of those recovering soldiers.
The Ipod Program was named Number One Charity by the West Point Society of New England. The program chairmen and Malden Catholic participants will be honored at a Founder’s Day Gala which will take place next month in Boston. Presentations at MC were made by IWV Charimen, Paul Cardello and Bob Regan. The four students and Mrs. Driscoll were praised for their commitment, passion and drive.
The IWV program uses IPods and other materials to improve the quality of life for our veterans. These materials provide a diversion, easing the rehab and recovery process for those with serious health issues and for amputees. The program of support continues at Malden Catholic as students continue to support, encourage and honor our wounded veterans.
About Malden Catholic
For more than eighty years, Malden Catholic High School has maintained a strong tradition of leading students to achieve academic excellence in a Catholic, familial atmosphere. Annually, 99 percent of Malden Catholic graduates attend college. The Class of 2013 applied to 238 colleges and universities distributed across forty states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Graduates last year received college scholarships with a four-year value of more than $19 million. Recognized for its dedicated faculty, challenging curriculum, spiritual guidance, social outreach, and championship caliber athletic programs, Malden Catholic educates young men from more than 40 communities surrounding Boston. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Further information on the school may be found at www.maldencatholic.org