Over 200 Annapolis Area Christian School children, parents, and teachers volunteered their time Thursday, April 5, 2012 as part of their annual Spring Yard Clean-up for Bello Machre. 18 groups of middle school children spent the day raking leaves and mulching flowerbeds at 18 different Bello Machre homes located throughout Anne Arundel County. The Annapolis Areas Christian School continues to be the largest volunteer group in the history of Bello Machre. “We are excited each year when the Spring Yard Clean-up comes around,” says Evette Watson, Volunteer Coordinator for Bello Machre. She continues, “The students do amazing work, and it’s great to see their smiles when they see a job well-done.”
Paul Brophy, the teacher who organizes this annual project, comments on the impact that this special day has on the students, “The kids really enjoy helping others and making a visible difference at the homes. They like serving, knowing that they are helping people, and feeling appreciated.”
Annapolis Area Christian School (AACS), founded in 1971, is an independent Christian day school that concentrates on preparing students for college and for life; that has grown into a robust community of learning that is setting the standard for Christian education in the Baltimore/Washington corridor; whose faculty engages students in a rigorous college preparatory program of learning that is enhanced with electives and extracurricular activities; that stresses basic academic skills and an appreciation of the arts; whose aim is to graduate servant leaders who will represent Jesus Christ faithfully in the world; and whose graduates have been accepted at and have graduated from many of the nation’s leading colleges, universities, and military academies.
Bello Machre, founded in 1972, means Home of My Heartin Gaelic. It is a nonprofit organization in Anne Arundel County, Maryland that provides homes and support to children, teens, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities. More importantly, Bello Machre enriches the lives of those served through loving care, guidance, and opportunity so that they
can live life to its fullest. Employing 300 skilled professionals, Bello Machre serves 175 people in its 54 community based homes throughout Central Maryland. Through its Support Services Programs, Bello Machre provides help and support to more than 150 individuals and families in their own homes. The Ray of Hope Program helps individuals and families obtain respite care, specialized summer camp, physical therapy, and specialized equipment; its Respite Care services provide residential support during family hospitalizations, emergencies, and vacations—24-hours a day, seven-days a week. Bello Machre serves children and adults without regard to race, religion, gender, or national origin.