Page 16 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, September 27, 2019 Atria Maplewood Place seniors aged 85+ take on “100 Days of Gratitude” Challenge Public is invited to join in on social media with #GoGrateful A tria Maplewood Place residents are expressing gratitude in 100 different ways for the remaining 100 days of 2019. It’s part of Atria’s 100 Days of Gratitude Challenge and the fourth annual Go Grateful campaign. The campaign officially began on World Gratitude Day on September 21, marking 100 days until the end of the year. This year Atria Maplewood Place residents and staff are trying to inspire others to also go grateful for 100 days. Atria residents have shown gratitude in previous years by delivering gift baskets to first responders, holding pop-up tai chi classes in parks, organizing flash mobs and setting up “appreciation stations” in their communities. This year they collected school supplies during the whole month of August to donate to Cheverus School in Malden. The public is also invited to share their #GoGrateful stories on social media. For every post on Facebook using the hashtag #GoGrateful through the 100 Days of Gratitude Challenge, Atria will also donate $1 to PACER’s National Bullying LEGAL NOTICE Cheverus School Donation with Student Council: From left to right: Donna MacDonald, Phuc Nguyen, Jessica Berlus, Peggy Kenny, Stevie Leigh Bannon, Leonie Ochie, Yolandy Vargas, Jennifer Duffy (Atria’s Engage Life Program Instructor), Doris DiTullio, Sophia Almeida, Shamaelle Jean Louis, Bruce Shuman, Chloe Sacco, Samuel Lacombe, and Principal Jeff Lane. Prevention Center. Each donation will support the Center’s mission of promoting kindness and a world without bullying. “I travelled the world when I worked for the United Nations, and I found in each place showing gratitude was a powerful thing. No matter where we are, each of us is human and can connect by giving gratitude; even a small act matters,” said Florence Stoessler, who is 103 years old and an Atria resident. “We believe in the power of gratitude so deeply that we wrote an award-winning book about it in 2015,” said Atria’s City of Malden Massachusetts LEGAL NOTICE MALDEN HISTORICAL COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING The Malden Historical Commission will hold a public hearing in the Auditorium on the First Floor of the JOHN & CHRISTINA MARKEY MALDEN SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTER, 7 Washington Street, Malden, MA at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 17, 2019, to review the permit application for the proposed demolition of the building at the property known as and numbered 45 Holyoke Street, Malden, MA and known by City Assessor’s Parcel ID # 085 408 828 and which has been determined to be a Significant Building in accordance with Section III.6 of the City of Malden Demolition and Alteration Delay Ordinance, for the purpose of making a determination whether the building is Preferably Preserved, in accordance with Section III.9 of the City of Malden Demolition and Alteration Delay Ordinance. Permit application and plans are available for public review in the Permits, Inspections & Planning Office, 2nd Floor, 110 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA and at https://permits. cityofmalden.org/EnerGov_PROD/SelfService#/home under Permit Application #CMID-030844-2019. By: Barbara L. Tolstrup Chair Malden Historical Commission September 27, 2019 Vice President of Resident Engagement, Christy Phillips. “Since then, our residents have given thousands of acts of gratitude and kindness on World Gratitude Day.” To kick off the 100-day Challenge, Atria Maplewood Place residents and employees gave an interactive art canvas to the Malden Senior Community Center. Earlier this year, Atria residents contributed to the art canvas together by sharing their stories and experiences of family and parenthood. Now the art canvas is installed at the Malden Senior Community Center and inspiring others WARD 2 | FROM PAGE 2 Anna Geoffroy For Anna Geoffroy, a seat on the School Committee would be an opportunity to put years of experience as a political activist to work in a new arena. A freelance graphic designer who grew up in Amherst, Geoffroy moved to Malden in 2010 and watched her two children move through the city’s school system. She feels she can put her experiences advocating for her children and coping with challenges such as transportation and school transfers to use helping other parents facing similar situations. Geoffroy said she’s been close to other School Committee members and she’s watched the committee grapple with different issues and problems. “I think being on the School Committee is one of the least appreciated and hardest jobs,” she said, adding that students and parents blame committee members for all sorts of problems. “It seemed like a rough job, and I think I could do it,” she said. As a co-founder of Our Revolution Malden, a member of Malden Senior Community Center: From left to right: Karen Colon Hayes (Malden Senior Center Director), Julia Miller (Atria’s Engage Life Director), Donna MacDonald, Josie Henderson, Virginia Silver, Jennie Albano, David Dunn, Bruce Shuman, and Jennifer Duffy (Atria’s Engage Life Program Instructor). to contribute to the finished art piece by sharing their stories of gratitude. The art canthe January Coalition which organized the 2018 Boston/Cambridge Women’s March and a longtime peace activist, Geoffroy has found herself in plenty of situations where people disagree. She feels her experiences building coalitions, mediating conflicts and lobbying for change are skills that she can put to use as a member of the School Committee. Geoffroy feels curriculum should be expanded so that civics is taught at a much younger age. “We need to pay more attention to the ongoing distress students feel,” she said. “When kids see the world as a scary place, they want to understand the mechanism of how it works and which parts of government they can change.” A strong supporter of the Promise Act, Geoffroy feels Malden teachers, parents and students should understand how to lobby for changes in school funding. She supports MaldenCORE’s efforts to empower students and teachers of color, and she would like to see the district launch an LGBTQ for middle school students. She would also like to see the disvas is just one of the 100 ways Atria is inviting others to show gratitude. trict take a closer look at social and emotional learning and to focus on digital literacy and online safety. “Whatever we’re teaching our kids, it’s not enough,” she said. Geoffroy believes the district need to do more to reach out and engage parents. “There are a lot of parents who don’t feel heard, and there are places online where they meet and gripe,” she said. “I’m in those spaces and I can make sure I am available to those families.” Geoffroy also feels the district needs to improve communication with families who do not speak English. She concedes translation is expensive but adds it must be done. The district’s decision to eliminate transportation had a major impact on Ward 2 school families, and Geoffroy hopes to help neighbors find alternative solutions. She is a big proponent of families and neighbors working together to come up with adventurous solutions to problems large and small. “Campaigning has made this an interesting year for me,” she said. “I’m excited to be part of this year’s freshman class of candidates.”

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