“We want to make it available to the whole school,” said Austin Connolly, a senior who is leading the effort with Glen Gard, Desjardin Baez and Alejandro Rubero.
As part of fundraising efforts, they have organized the “Witches Run,” a Salem High Wellness Center 5K road race around school grounds on March 30.
To support this effort, go to www.gofundme.com/shswellnesscenter.
State Rep. John Keenan received a “2014 Champion of Youth” award from the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs at a legislative luncheon this week at the Statehouse.
Keenan was cited for his strong support of the organization and for sponsoring a bill to protect children from sexual abuse.
A large contingent from the Salem Boys & Girls Club attended, including Executive Director Joanne Scott and police Chief Paul Tucker, a member of the club’s board of directors.
One man’s trash
Instead of tossing out old electrical equipment from Salem Harbor Station, the soon-to-be-shuttered power plant is donating it to the Essex Agricultural and Technical High School and North Shore Technical High School.
The training packages — electrical, mechanical and HVAC — are valued at more than $10,000 and were used at the power plant’s on-site training center.
Students from the school came and got the equipment last week and transported it on a truck donated by Beacon Electric of Peabody.
On a local level, the operation was coordinated by Malia Griffin, director of community affairs at the plant, and Building Inspector Tom St. Pierre, a board member at North Shore Voke.
Home to all
Salem got a lot of media coverage this week when Mayor Kim Driscoll signed a nondiscrimination ordinance that had been passed by the City Council.
“Salem is a city that welcomes all people who visit, live and work in our community — no matter who they are, where they are from, or who they are perceived to be,” Driscoll said in a statement. “There are no second-class citizens in Salem. We not only embrace diversity, we champion it...”