Changing HB: HB the Change update


Courtesy photo of HB the Change

HB the Change members contributing to the community.

Stephanie Buchanan, Staff Writer

HB the Change is a newer club at HBHS and has only been around for a few years. The club’s purpose is to brighten peoples days, just for the sake of doing so. Lisa Danis and Ann Melim, English teachers at Hollis Brookline are the advisors of the club. Although they do many things outside of school, they also do things within the school to make everyone feel good. The idea for HB the Change was created through Melim’s sister-in-law, a teacher for another school, “I figured if they could have a club like HB the change why can’t we,” said Melim.

The club meets every Tuesday. They began decorating teacher’s doors last year as a nice surprise for the teacher when they get to school. Along with the door decorating, the club participates in activities, such as providing dinner once a month to the men’s shelter. They provide the shelter with necessities including a main meal, dessert, and fruits. If there is a family within the community that needs help, they will put together a care package full of useful items the family may have a hard time obtaining .

This past winter, HB the Change ran a school-wide coat drive to provide for those who couldn’t afford to stay warm. In April, the club is looking forward to volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, an organization which helps to build homes for the less fortunate.

“It’s a great club and I love their saying ‘be the change you want to see,’ ” said Bridget MacMillan, a visuals and performing arts teacher at HB.

Most students recognize the club for their door decorating. Many teacher have had their doors decorated randomly just as a sign of appreciation.“ I love the doors, they put a big smile on teachers faces when they come into school,” said Sue Hay, a technical education teacher here at HB.

The clubs enjoys making peoples days and spreading happiness throughout the community. “The club is a great idea, everyone deserves to feel good about themselves and the club helps make everyone feel important,“ said Kendall Pestana ‘16.