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DECA Students Volunteer During Pandemic

From left, Fraone and Asprelli packing kits with the Wonderfund.

King Philip High School students Samantha Asprelli and Isabella Fraone, members of DECA, the high school’s business club, recently spent time volunteering with the Wonderfund, a non-profit organization that works alongside the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) to serve children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and trauma. 

The Wonderfund provides emergency aid, financial assistance, and enrichment experiences to children in need. Lauren Baker, the First Lady of Massachusetts, serves as the Wonderfund’s Vice Chairman.

On Wednesday, July 22, the two students helped the Wonderfund team assemble “Wonder Kits,” also known as “Trauma-Stress Kits.” Working in assembly lines, Asprelli and Fraone packed bags with stress balls, coloring books, playdough, bubbles, beach balls, and more. 

The group put together close to 1,500 care packages for children across Massachusetts. Each of the twenty-nine DCF locations in the state will receive 50 of these “Wonder Kits” to provide comfort for children in traumatic situations.

After being isolated at home for months, Asprelli and Fraone were eager to volunteer alongside the Wonderfund and help others during the pandemic as part of their 2021 DECA project. 

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in both high schools and colleges around the world.