SPHHS toy drive benefits children at Springfield's Square One

December 31, 2012

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) conducted a holiday toy drive to benefit the children at early childhood education program Square One. The Springfield-based organization had its building condemned after suffering damage in a gas explosion on November 23, 2012. Together, students, faculty, and staff in each of the School's four departments, along with numerous others throughout the campus community, gathered well over 200 new toys for children aged 15 months to 5 years.

The SPHHS would like to thank everyone who participated in the toy drive. You helped to make a difference in a child's life this holiday season.

Square One's mission is "ensuring that every child has the opportunity to succeed at school, at work and in life by providing educational programs, family support services, health and fitness resources, and a voice in the community. We know that children grow up to become better educated and more productive when they have high quality early education, nurturing adults to care for them, and a safe and healthy community in which to live. At the core of everything we do is our belief, confirmed by research, that children who begin learning early become better learners for life."


Photo (from left): SPHHS staff members Patrick Freeman, Megan Griffin, and Risa Silverman with SPHHS student Jessica He