High school students donate talents to raise money for Boston’s largest homeless shelter

SUDBURY, Mass. — Nathan Gilbert is putting his landscaping expertise to good use.

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Gilbert is one of about 40 students at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School that is part of a fundraiser started by four of his classmates called Coupons For Covid.

The students donate their talents by providing a wide variety of goods and services.

“For most people, it’s not whether or not they want to help, it’s oh my god what can I actually do to help the community?,” said Jishnu Ghosh, a junior at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

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Some of the goods and services include baking desserts, tutoring, and babysitting among other things.

“We have some really weird ones like there’s one friend of mine he works at a stable so he offered to do stable work for us,” said Joel George, a senior at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

His classmate, senior Rhea Karty added, “We ask the providers of the product to tell us how much they think their product is worth, perhaps for a little mark up for charity, then we put that on our website and we ask people to donate that amount.”

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Instead of getting paid, the students donate 100-percent of what they would’ve earned to the COVID Relief Fund of the Pine Street Inn, Boston’s largest homeless shelter.

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“We’ve been able to have students at our school and others provide things they are very passionate about so they are able to keep doing what they love during a time they may be stuck at home and especially help people who may not have a home,” said Davin Martin, a senior at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

So far, the students at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School have raised more than 2-thousand dollars for the Pine Street Inn.

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The students say they’d eventually like to expand into other towns.