Please and Thank You

The Milton Public School system is fortunate to have incredibly resourceful families, students, and staff members.  We are so grateful for all of the wonderful fundraising initiatives that take place all year long.  Today, I would like to make mention of some upcoming fundraising activities, as well as praise some of the recent efforts of others.   This is a special-edition E-blast with a few “please” and “thank yous.”  – Mary C. Gormley

Please consider doing some shopping at the Fruit Center this week.  The Fruit Center at Milton Marketplace is hosting its Third Annual School Fundraising Week from Monday, November 5th to Friday, November 9th. Up to 20% of your purchase will be donated back to your child’s school and all six Milton Public Schools are eligible. To participate, download a shopping voucher for your school using the link below. Print as many as you’d like and share them with friends, family and neighbors. Then, present your voucher when you make purchases at the Fruit Center from Monday, November 5 through Friday, November 9. Shop as often as you’d like during that week. The Fruit Center will donate 20% of the total purchases back to your school. Please visit this link to download the voucher:

Please try to visit The Toy Box of Hanover next week. This locally-owned shop, voted the Best Toy Store on the South Shore, is hosting the Fifth Annual Holiday Shopping Fundraiser for the Milton Public Schools on Sunday, Nov. 11th (10 am to 5 pm), Monday, Nov. 12th (9:30 am to 8 pm), and Tuesday, Nov. 13th (9:30 am to 8 pm). Parents, staff, and friends of our schools are invited to do their holiday shopping at The Toy Box of Hanover on one of the above dates. The owners, Julie & Jay Ritchie, will donate 20% of the total sales back to the designated school. This is an easy and convenient way to generate unrestricted funds for our schools. The Toy Box of Hanover, an independent specialty toy store, owned by one of our Milton Public School families is just 15 minutes from East Milton Square. Take Rt. 3 to exit 13, turn right on Rt. 53, and the store is 1/2 mile down on the right.

Please ask your friends and family if their business, family or non-profit group needs some extra visibility. Our Banner Sales Program is underway, and we are very fortunate to have Milton High School parent Jim McCabe heading up this year’s campaign. These banners, which hang in the Copeland Field House, at Brooks Field and in other highly visible spots on the Milton High School campus, not only bring a sense of community to the walls of our high school, but they also helped to raise much-needed funding for our sports teams. These colorful banners were seen by thousands of cheering fans, visiting athletes and outside groups who rent our top-rated facilities here at Milton High School.  The generosity of our banner sponsors has kept our sports programs afloat for the past several years. Mr. McCabe can be reached at

Please make note of our Teens in Need fundraiser.  Milton’s Teens in Need is a grass roots aid organization aimed at providing financial assistance to teenagers throughout our community. In partnering with guidance staff, this group identifies students and families in need and has provided financial help with college application fees, AP exam costs, senior portraits and All-Night Graduation Party tickets. This group has also helped organize a prom dress exchange and assisted families with overdue utility bills. They are hosting a fund-raising event Saturday, November 24th at the Milton Woman’s Club Reedsdale Road from 7 – 11 pm. Proceeds from the event will be distributed to teens at both the middle and high school for holiday and other upcoming expenses. Tickets are $20 and the event will feature both a flat screen TV and iPad raffle, appetizers and a cash bar. Monetary donations in advance of the event or after are also accepted; checks should be made out to “Milton Student Activities Fund” and sent to: Milton Teens in Need c/o Karen DeLuca, 84 Indian Spring Rd., Milton, 02186.

Please help our PTOs with a community service project. Father Bill’s & Mainspring are in need of personal care items for residents of their shelters. PTO members will place donation boxes in the each of our school’s main offices from November 18th to December 1st.  We are looking for donations of the following items: twin sheets/blankets, bath & hand towels, undergarments, thermal undergarments, sweatpants, socks, razors & shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste & mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner (trial size ok)  bar soap, deodorant, nail clippers, shower shoes, slippers, feminine care products, adhesive bandages and antiseptic ointment. New items only please.

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Thank you to local companies Malloy Landscaping, Coulter Landscaping and Eagle Farms.  These company owners have set the standard for community service by volunteering their services to assist the Milton Public Schools. Collectively, they add the extra touches to our school grounds that make our schools — and our town — beautiful. Coulter Landscaping has taken over the grounds of the Tucker Elementary School; Eagle Farms has assisted at Milton High by pruning the trees and planting the island at the top of Gile Road; and Malloy Landscaping has taken on the Pierce Middle School. “These landscapers are a valuable asset to the Milton School District,” said Bill Ritchie, Consolidated Facilities Director. “They have provided professional landscaping services at no charge to the district, which includes, grass cutting, pruning, green fertilization, seeding and mulch. We are so grateful for their professional services.”

Thank you to the Monster Dash organizers. This year’s race took place less only hours before a major hurricane hit the East Coast, but it went off without a hitch. Denise Queally and Nora Vernazza did a fantastic job of coordinating the hundreds of details that went into the running of this annual event which benefits our elementary schools’ science programs. Thank you to the hundreds of runners, walkers and volunteers who helped to make this event such a smashing success.

Thank you to the Swing for Sports volunteers. The Milton High Boosters’ annual golf and tennis tournament to support our athletes was another well-planned and well-executed event. It was held on a beautiful autumn day and the Boosters tell us it was one of the largest crowds they’ve seen in years. Hours and hours of work goes into planning this event, and we are grateful to have had Gary Kelly, John Davis, Tom Mullen, Laura Phelan, Kara Russo and Kevin Walsh work on this event, along with he generous sponsorship of Curry College and Wollaston Golf Club.

Thank you to Jim McCabe. This Milton dad recently agreed to head up our Banner Sales campaign. This is a huge undertaking and we are so pleased to have the energy and enthusiasm that Mr. McCabe will surely bring to this position. He is the father of a three-season athlete and is familiar with Milton High’s exceptional athletic programs. Anyone who would like to assist Mr. McCabe, particularly those with sales experience, should contact him at  Please take a look at the pie chart below, which details how our sports programs are funded. The banner program is represented by the green area, which is a significant portion of our total revenue.





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