By Marina Renton
Andover High’s Stand Up Club recently organized a collection for Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a Boston organization focused on high-risk youth. According to Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ website, it is “dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth through safe, supportive, and encouraging relationships and effective and innovative services that guide them toward self-sufficiency.”
“We collected teen clothes, new and used, as well as toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand lotions, soaps, hand sanitizer, etc.) and backpacks and blankets,” said Stand Up Club’s president, Sean Sullivan.
“We wanted to collect for this organization because, knowing the cold winter season was soon upon us, we wanted to help people have something warm to wear,” Sullivan said. “Plus, since it was kids around our own age, we felt a connection to this group.”
Sullivan estimates that the club collected hundreds of dollars worth of items. “I was very pleased with the result,” he said. He also wishes to recognize Shawsheen Elementary School for allowing a second collection box to be placed there.
Stand Up Club is guided by six core words: Acceptance, Bravery, Individuality, Diversity, Equality, and Self-Love.
“I want kids in the high school to come to a club meeting and feel included and like they have somewhere to go and feel safe,” Sullivan explained. “This club is to bring people together. In conclusion, I think the lyrics by Christina Aguilera in her song ‘Make the World Move’ off her new album ‘Lotus’ sum up what I have been trying to say: If one smile can erase a frown/Imagine what two could do/And if one voice can change a heart/Imagine what two could do.’”
Stand Up Club meets on Wednesday mornings in the cafeteria from 7:15 until the first bell.