Date: May 9, 2011

Contact: Tracy Lynott – Director, Development
443.702.3016 email:

Over 200 Annapolis Area Christian School Children Volunteer at Bello Machre

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND: Over 200 Annapolis Area Christian School children, parents, and teachers volunteered their time Thursday, April 21, 2011 as part of their annual spring yard clean-up for Bello Machre. 17 groups of middle school children spent the day raking leaves and mulching flowerbeds at 20 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. Dr. Robert Ireland, Bello Machre’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented “We are very excited the spring yard clean up has become an annual tradition at Bello Machre. We are lucky to have such a great group of young adults give back in such a big way,”

Paul Brophy, the teacher who organizes this annual project comments on the impact that this special day has on the students, “Our students really get to put what they are learning into practice by doing hands-on service and not just hearing about the need to serve. It is a way for them to live out their faith. It also allows them to have an impact on the community they live in. The students and parents really enjoy the time we get at the homes. They feel the experience is valuable for us and for the homes we serve. We get the internal benefits and Bello Machre gets the visible benefits.”

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 means Home of My Heart in Gaelic. We provide homes and support to children, teens, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities. More importantly, we enrich the lives of those we serve through loving care, guidance, and opportunity so that they can live life to its fullest. Many of the people we serve live in our 54 community homes located throughout Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Bello Machre also provides help and support to hundreds of children and adults in their own homes. The Ray of Hope Program offers assistance with expenses such as specialized summer camp, physical therapy, and adaptive equipment. Trained and caring staff also provides residential respite care, in your home or ours, during family hospitalizations, emergencies, and vacations—24-hours a day – seven days a week. Bello Machre is there to help with whatever is needed, empowering people with developmental disabilities to live life to its fullest.