Backpack donor program renamed in memory of Mechanicville teacher Mehan
MECHANICVILLE The “Back to School” program will be named in memory and honor of Margaret Mehan to commemorate what would have been her 100th birthday.
The drive will end Aug. 22 and will benefit students by furnishing sneakers and backpacks to students who need them as they return to school.
Mehan graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 1935. She became a dedicated and beloved teacher in Mechanicville and always referred to her students as “cherubs.”
One of her outstanding attributes was teaching and helping students who needed extra help outside the classroom. She was also known to purchase clothing, food and school books for low-income families.
In 1973, Mehan was awarded a Humanitarian Award for being dedicated and helping the underprivileged and needy. Through her inspiring efforts, her English class entered the “What’s Right With America” contest and won the George Washington Honor School Award, which was presented to the Mechanicville Middle School.
She died in August 2003 at the age of 90.
In November 2003, the first-ever ecumenical food pantry drive held a special Christmas food drive in honor of Mehan. Four churches rang their bells for 10 minutes.
Those who knew her say she demonstrated love, wisdom, respect and concern, and brought happiness and joy with her good deeds to people of all ages, races, and religions.
Donations to provide needy children a backpack and sneakers are now being accepted. Checks should be made payable to MACSC and mailed to Margaret’s Cherubs, PO Box 30, Mechanicville NY 12118. Donations also can be dropped off at the Mechanicville Community Center, 6 S. Main St.