WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-based iPods for Wounded Veterans recently presented its 2018 Teacher of the Year Award to Wilmington High School’s Dawn Martell.
“This award goes to a teacher who dedicated themselves to the mission of supporting the rehabilitation of injured service men and women of the United States of America,” says the organization’s chairman Paul Cardello. “Dawn is the first teacher from Wilmington High School to win the award… Her passion to help injured men and women of America is second to none.”
Martell, who serves as the Advisor to the WHS Local Heroes Club and has a son in the Air Force, was recognized for helping organize several campaigns at the school, including:
- Sending letters written by students to injured servicemen and servicewomen across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the Bedford VA Hospital, Brockton VA Hospital, Chelsea Soldiers Home, Howard House in Brockton, and Bedford Green Veterans Home.
- Sending letters written by students to injured servicemen and servicewomen across the country at veteran’s hospitals in Maryland, Virginia and Arizona.
- Sending toiletry bags, scrolls, snow flakes, teddy bears and American flags from students to the injured men and women at the aforementioned hospitals,
Martell received the award at the Wilmington School Committee Meeting on June 13. She also received a citation from the Massachusetts State House.
“Without the students and community of Wilmington this could not have happened. They’re behind us 100%.” said Martell during her brief remarks.
“Her dedication to this project has been inspiring to us all,” said Cardello. “On behalf of iPods for Wounded Veterans, we would like to thank Dawn for all of her time and effort in making these programs a success.”
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