Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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August 29, 2013

Turning the page on summer

Backpack giveaway closes out vacation for Memorial Circle youths

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Caraviello has run the Family to Family program at Memorial Circle for more than 10 years. The program offers kids at the 54-unit, low-income housing complex access to Scouting, sports, summer day camps and other programs. The mission is to promote equity among youth in Andover.

Through the program, Caraviello is credited with helping Natalie Gomez-Martinez, a former starting point guard on the Andover High girls basketball team who is now continuing the sport as a student at Marist College in New York.

When the Book Club ended last Wednesday, Aug. 21, the youths had one final treat in store.

Liddy Kasraian of Andover, a student at Phillips Academy, organized a Backpacks for Kids giveaway for the summer bookworms. Thanks to community donations, everyone got a new backpack with which to start the school year.

“There was so much volunteer support for this. They make Andover a great community,” Caraviello said of everyone who pitched in.

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