Councilor McLaughlin Helps EHS Reach its 'Celebrate a Senior' Benchmark

Posed photo, officials on the front steps of EHS

Back row: Everett High Principal Erick Naumann and Vice Principal Christopher Barrett.
Middle row: Patti Frati and EHS secretary Linda Maloney (who is instrumental in graduation planning).
Front row: City Councilor Michael McLaughlin and Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani.

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Gifts Presented to Every Member of the Class of 2020

City Councilor Michael McLaughlin was a driving force behind Everett High School's "Celebrate a Senior" initiative, as he made a generous personal donation and enlisted the assistance of several businesses and individuals to ensure that the first-of-its-kind effort was a complete success.

McLaughlin and his girlfriend, Patti Frati, made a $1,000 contribution to the effort, in which every member of the EHS Senior Class was presented with a $50 gift(s) as part of last week's Senior Week festivities. In addition, the Councilor successfully lobbied several businesses and residents to join the cause. In all, McLaughlin and Frati's efforts resulted in 120 gift cards being distributed to seniors on Friday, May 29.

"When I heard about this project, I vowed to do everything possible to make it a success," McLaughlin told Superintendent Priya Tahiliani and EHS administrators last week. "I would not be where I am today were it not for the guidance and support I received in the Everett Public Schools."

Noting that some individuals "adopted a senior" anonymously, McLaughlin thanked the following for participating:
Attorney Anthony Rossi
Capitol Waste
GTA Co., Inc.
Elm Street Market
Cataldo Ambulance
Matuchio Scrap Metal
Vogel ATM
Roger Thistle
Eric Kenworthy
Louanne Zawodny
Boston Freightliner
Jacqui Krum
Jerry Berberian

"On behalf of the EPS, my sincerest thanks to Councilor McLaughlin for his commitment to our 'Celebrate a Senior' campaign," said Superintendent. Tahiliani. "He went above and beyond in his personal generosity and in his advocacy for our students."

The Superintendent also thanked every single person and business that made a donation to the initiative, which generated more than $35,000 in gifts for EHS seniors.