Champlain Valley Union (CVU) senior Emma Davitt of Shelburne is on a mission: to raise funds for Lucy’s Love Bus. Chosen as her Graduation Challenge Project, Davitt has partnered with Shelburne Community School (SCS) fifth grade students to fundraise for the nonprofit organization known for delivering comfort to children with cancer.
The collaboration between Davitt and the elementary school students resulted in a special fundraising event named “Sports Day.” Specifically for kids in grades 2-6, Sports Day is an opportunity for children to play a variety of games with CVU athletes planned for Sunday, March 2 at the Field House in Shelburne from 1-3pm. Admission is $20 per child and proceeds benefit this worthy cause.
The partnership has already raised nearly $200 through the sales of handmade cards at the SCS Craft Fair in December. “The fifth grade Endeavor students drew and painted watercolor butterflies that I made into greeting cards,” offered Davitt. “Butterflies were chosen because Lucy loved them and they are the ‘mascot’ of Lucy’s Love Bus. Although the cards sold out within two hours, our goal is to raise enough money to support therapy for one patient, at a price tag of $1,000” she added.
“I established my connection with Lucy’s Love Bus through a relationship with Lucy Cooney, a longtime educator at the Shelburne Community School,” Davitt explained. “Lucy’s granddaughter, also named Lucy, was a young girl when she died of leukemia. After her death, Cooney with the help of her daughter, Beecher Grogan, established the organization now known as Lucy’s Love Bus. While the nonprofit is based in Amesbury, Mass., it has helped 32 children at the Vermont Children’s Hospital including a CVU high school student from Shelburne.”
To preregister or for more information about Sports Day email March2SportsDay@gmail.com. For more information about the organization please visit www.lucyslovebus.org.