PELHAM — On May 29 at 3:15 pm, there will be a Walk for Love arranged by Pelham Middle School students Phoebe Rothschild, Charlotte Howard, Julia Rosenberg, Callie Leff, and Annika Jawanda.
It all started in early September, when Mrs. Hattar’s husband suddenly and tragically passed away and because of this she was on a short leave. When these Colonial graduates came to visit her and heard the news, they knew that they had to do something to help. They came up with the Walk for Love idea, a memorial walk followed by an ice cream social to support Mrs. Hattar and her son Christian. In the middle of their planning, another tragedy struck Colonial: the passing of Mrs. L’ Herminier, so they decided to help the L’Herminier family as well.
“We started to think of ideas to help support Mrs. Hattar and Christian, and came up with the idea for the Walk For Love as a community event to show our love and support,” said Charlotte Howard.
The Walk for Love will start at Colonial School. The symbolic walk will be once around the block, and you will be able to purchase ice cream afterwards for $2 per cone. T-shirts will also be available for $10 on May 13 and 14 after school. Pledge forms will also be sent home with students to help collect donations for these two families. On the pledge form, Colonial families can pledge how many days they will walk to school in honor of this event. The sixth grade girls who organized it will be giving an assembly about the event on May 13 at Colonial School.
“In one of our meetings, we made the connections that many of us will face a tragedy of some kind or another in our lives,” said Phoebe Rothschild. “So we decided to create a Walk for Love, as not only a fundraiser for Mrs. Hattar, Christian and the L’Herminier family, but also as an opportunity for the community to get together to remember and honor all of the important people in all of our lives and to celebrate this together as a community.”
“We have been working on this event since early October, and we are really looking forward to seeing everyone on May 29 at the Walk for Love,” said Callie Leff. “We are hoping that this symbolic event will become an annual one and a tradition in the community.”
The girls have had several meetings since the beginning of their idea.
“The Walk for Love will be a symbolic memorial walk,” said Julia Rosenberg. “There will be a banner that students and parents can sign and write messages honoring their loved ones. Students in grades three to five can also participate in a writing piece which will be collected on the day of the walk and be displayed in Colonial School.”
These five girls have been working hard with the support of their parents Mrs. Rothschild, Ms. Morandini, Ms. Scully and Ms. Braun. Mrs.Wilson and the Colonial PTA have been very encouraging and are sponsoring the event.