Independent Thoughts: Lots of good things in storage for HHS duo

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Jack Green, Declain Mick
Hopkinton High School students Jack Green (center) and Declan Mick (right) pose with friends at this past summer’s camp at the Ron Burton Training Village.

Hopkinton High School juniors Jack Green and Declan Mick have attended the Ron Burton Training Village for a few summers, and before they head back to the Hubbardston campus for their final session next year, they hope to give back to the program that has helped them become better people.

The Ron Burton Training Village (RBTV), named for former New England Patriots player Ron Burton Sr., hosts a five-week camp every summer for ages 12-18. The program is designed to “equip young people with the skills, resources and attitude to make winning decisions in life,” according to the organization’s website. “Our programs are designed to build the core values of love, peace, patience and humility.”

Green, whose mother is a longtime volunteer at RBTV, has attended the camp for five years, one fewer than Mick.

“It just taught me how to become a better leader and really just giving me the opportunity to meet people and learn from really successful people,” Green said, noting that he got a chance to meet the chairman of Bose, Bob Maresca, at RBTV and continues to communicate with him and seek out advice. “Just those opportunities to meet people who are very successful and learn from them has been the greatest thing I’ve taken away.”

The summer program is five weeks (two weeks this year due to COVID), and available campers get together during the rest of the year for monthly group dinners called “legacy of love” meetings.

As part of their legacy, Green and Mick are looking to raise funds so that others can enjoy positive experiences similar to what they’ve enjoyed.

When Green’s father, Eric, bought a storage facility — Value Store It in Worcester — last year, an idea was hatched.

“We were thinking about things we could do to give back, and [Eric] heard about this organization called Charity Storage,” Green said. “He brought it to me and we talked about it and thought it was the perfect way to give back.”

Charity Storage is a non-profit organization that uses self-storage facilities to raise funds for charities nationwide. Donated items — furniture, toys, tools, sports equipment, electronics, luggage, appliances, etc. — are placed into vacant self-storage units and the contents are auctioned off online via StorageTreasures.com, with the proceeds going to charity.

This Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the teenagers will be at EMC Park with a rental truck collecting donated items.

“We thought it would be good around this time of year because people are trying to clean out their house before the winter,” Green said. “If they have anything they are looking to get rid of, it might as well go to the charity where we can do some good with it.”

Green and Mick will take the items to the storage facility and load up a vacant unit. Photos of the contents will be posted online to attract bids.

The duo is pushing out the information on social media and at the high school in hopes they’ll get a good turnout Saturday.

“The more that we get into this unit, the more people will bid on it, the more it will be worth,” Green said.

Individuals who can’t attend Saturday can drive their items to Value Store It (3 Clinton Street, Worcester; valuestoreit.com) any time during the month of November, or reach out to the organizers at jgreen3939@icloud.com or Declan.mick31@gmail.com.

ONEmetrowest donations sought

Hopkinton High School junior Ruben Noroian is a member of the Youth in Philanthropy Junior Board, which helps support the Foundation for Metrowest, a non-profit organization that provides services to needy families in the MetroWest area.

As part of his responsibilities, Nororian is seeking to raise funds for the ONEmetrowest fund, which is the Foundation for Metrowest’s primary fundraising campaign.

“The ONEmetrowest Campaign helps fuel everything the Foundation does for our MetroWest community — grant-making in areas like hunger relief and family support, educational programs, convenings, pandemic emergency relief, research and so much more,” Noroian writes on his fundraising page.

In addition to raising money, Noroian is tasked with helping to market the organization’s events and recruit new members to Youth in Philanthropy, which teaches students about philanthropy and serving their community.

For more information, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/ruben-noroian?newPage=True or foundationmw.org/onemetrowest-campaign.

Holiday Stroll Dec. 4

The annual Holiday Stroll, sponsored by the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce, is back with some new features this year. The business-themed event, which runs from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, will include a free horse-drawn carriage ride around the Town Common along with ice sculpture demonstrations.

Local businesses will offer sales, specials, contests, treats and promotions so residents can get a jump on their holiday gift ideas. For more information, visit hopchamber.com.

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