Students at Holyoke Public Schools Transitions Academy have been raising money painting shamrocks on driveways and walkways throughout the Pioneer Valley.

The students at Holyoke’s Transition Academy are getting work experience and raising money for school programs. They’ve prepared dozens of shamrocks for families proud of their Irish Heritage.

Academy student leader Katie Hoar had them paint a shamrock at her doorstep.

“It means a lot to me. What better way to represent my culture than having my shamrock. The fact that it’s painted by my fellow student leaders that I work with daily, is the best part of my job.” Katie Hoar

The Transition Academy trains students 18 to 22 to enter the workforce. Educators see the shamrock project as a formidable training tool.

“It really gives the kids the opportunity to give back to the community and at the same time while raising money for our projects.” Kelsey

With several days remaining before the Holyoke St. Patrick’s parade on St. Patricks’ day, the students expect to stay busy raising money painting shamrocks. 

All proceeds go towards Holyoke Public Schools Transitions Academy and they are still taking shamrock orders, email to place your order today!

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