Students Travel to Support Teacher, Raise Funds for Classmate at Boston Pride Game

On Feb. 15, Fifth-grade students in Jillian Dempsey’s class, were transported to the Warrior Rink in Boston, to watch their teacher play on the Boston Pride team in a game against the Connecticut Whales. During this time, the class took the opportunity to raise funds for their classmate, Josh Cohen, as he continues to battle cancer. A total of $3,762 was raised from raffle tickets sold at the school and ticket sales. The Warrior Rink donated 25 percent of the cost of each ticket to the fundraiser.

Fifth graders get ready to board the bus to watch their teacher, Jillian Dempsey, play on Boston Pride at the Warrior Rink in Boston. Bus transportation was funded by Speaker of the House, Bob DeLeo.

“It was an awesome fundraiser and a clear reflection of how our community comes together every time there is a need,” said School Superintendent, Lisa Howard. “I attended the game with my son and honestly got goose bumps when our own teacher and professional hockey player,” Jillian Dempsey, skated over to the Winthrop Crowd and banged the glass with her stick to acknowledge her students (AKA Fan Base). How many public school kids can say “My Teacher is a Professional Hockey Player?” Jillian is a true role model for both teachers and students!”

The bus transportation was funded by Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo and raffle prizes were donated by:

Arthur T. Cummings PTO

Cervizzi’s Martial Arts

Balloon city of Boston

Winthrop Pro Shop

Speaker DeLeo

Boston Celtics


Winthrop Squirt 1 Hockey Team

Winthrop Book Depot

MSA Mortgage

RPM Fitness

Warrior Ice Arena

CVS Pharmacy

Cottage Hill Real Estate

Winthrop Golf Club

Elite Embroidery

Jennifer Murphy 

Genevra Faber 

Mary Spinale 

Andrea O’Leary 

Stephen Ruggiero 

Andrea Cirelli

Lisa Howard

Norah Grimes

Barbara Bishop

Stacie Mackenzie

Carol McCurdy Elizabeth Ronan

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