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Volunteers needed to drive cancer patients, children’s center gets gift

Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead made a Hanukkah menorah of food for the hungry. From left, Chloe Stux of Lynn, Ely Wallen of Swampscott, Ezra Myerson of Marblehead.

Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead made a Hanukkah menorah of food for the hungry. From left, Chloe Stux of Lynn, Ely Wallen of Swampscott, Ezra Myerson of Marblehead.

PROVIDE A RIDE: While it is imperative for cancer patients to receive their chemotherapy and radiation treatments, many have trouble making arrange­ments for transportation.

Last year, the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program provided more than 11,000 free rides to cancer patients in Massachusetts.

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But more local volunteer drivers are needed to keep up with the demand.

The schedule for volunteers is flexible; treatment appointments take place weekdays, ­primarily during business hours. Drivers use their own vehicle.

“Due to the increasing amount of transportation requests, we have a genuine need for Road to ­Recovery drivers from the Cape Ann communities to treatment facilities in ­Peabody and Danvers,” said ­Korey Antonelli, community executive for health initiatives with the American Cancer ­Society. “We are hoping the community will continue to support this valuable program by volunteering time to help ­increase the number of rides we are able to provide.”

While most patients are in need of transportation to local facilities, there are others who go into ­Boston for treatment.

Antonelli said a volunteer who is willing to drive even once a year can make a difference in the life of a local cancer patient.

A volunteer information and training session will be held at Addison Gilbert Hospital in ­Gloucester from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 24.  

For more information or to register for the session, call 781-314-2688, send e-mail ­­to
korey.antonelli@cancer.org,or visit cancer.org.  

THE GIFT OF LEARNING: Herbert and Jan Schlein of ­Beverly have pledged $100,000 to the ­Beverly Children’s Learning Center to support student enrichment, teacher training and mentoring, and workshops focused on recruiting and strengthening members of the nonprofit’s board of directors.

The Schleins recently visited the center to deliver a check for $20,000, which is the first install­ment of their multiyear gift.

The Beverly Children’s Learning Center, which will mark its 40th anniversary in 2013, provides safe, affordable early education and care to hundreds of local children, ages 6 months to 14 years.  

It has an infant and toddler program, preschool program, school age program, and family day care.

The center began in 1973 as the Beverly Preschool, with a volunteer staff, in the basement of St. Peter’s Church.

Parishioners of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms supported the effort to provide preschool education for families who might not other­wise be able to provide such an opportunity for their young children.

“The Schleins have been active, generous and dedicated volunteers in a broad range of community and religious organizations,” said Robert Guyer, treasurer of the learning center. They have been residents of Beverly for nearly 50 years.

Herbert Schlein, a retired chemist, has been involved with Beverly’s hazardous waste program for more than 25 years.

Through his volunteer work at Beverly Hospital, he has ­installed Lifeline telephones for senior citizens and the disabled.

Jan Schlein was employed for 27 years as a librarian with the Beverly public schools. She was a leader in the Beverly League of Women Voters, from its earliest days, including serving as president

“It was through her involvement in the League of Women Voters that Jan became aware of the ­Beverly Children’s Learning Center and its needs,” said Guyer. “She was a founder and incorporator of the center and served on the board for several years.”

Current and former students, board members, staff, donors, and friends will honor the Schleins at a 40th anniversary kick-off reception on Jan. 30 at the Beverly Children’s Learning Center’s offices at 600 Cummings Center.  

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Kelly Goodwin of Newmarket, N.H., a senior and graphic design major at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, created the winning design in a contest for the college’s class of 2013 T-shirt. Her design, depict­ing the silhouettes of graduates in caps and gowns tossing their mortarboards into the air, was selected from a half dozen entries. The contest was sponsored by the college’s office of alumni relations. . . . Cohen Hillel Academy students and their families observed Hanukkah by creating a Canorah, a menorah made of cans of nonperishable food and paper goods, and donated it to Family Table of the North Shore, formerly North Shore Kosher Food Pantry. . . . David Pisent of Winchester recently received a delivery of new hiking boots and hiking poles, thanks to L.L. Bean’s Get Out(fitted) Gear Giveaway, which gives free gear packages to people who want to discover something new in the outdoors.

Items can be sent to ­wdkilleen@gmail.com.
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