Community Service Learning - Here's what's happening in Needham Schools.
Hillside's Water Buddy Project

May 25, 2017 the Buddy Water Project performed in front of an audience of parents, friends and seniors at the Center at the Heights.  We were thrilled to be performing in their beautiful high tech multi-purpose room.

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  After a very successful Water Stroll where we performed in eight local restaurants and raised more than $1200, it was fun and empowering to share what we have learned with our parents.  We will finish our year by performing at Volante Farms during their Father's Day Barbecue. Learn more about our water project with Ashley Juliar from the Needham channel.
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Mitchell Delivers
March 9, 2017

Mrs. Katanís 2nd graders, with the help of parent volunteer, Susan Smith, delivered 20 bags of food
to the Needham Food Pantry on May 16, 2017

Mitchell visits Cradles to Crayons
March 9, 2017
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The Mitchell Community Service Learning committee visited the Cradles to Crayons warehouse in Brighton on Thursday, March 9.  The Mitchell 4th and 5th graders learned about the mission of Cradles to Crayons and the communities they serve and the kids then got to assist in sorting and preparing donations to deliver to C2C's clients.  The students had a lot of fun while assisting a great organization. See more photos here.

Mitchell's Food Pantry
March 2017
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Thank you Mitchell Community for your continued generosity! Ms. Mackoff's third grade class delivered 34 bags of items to Needham Community Council's Food Pantry today. Stay tuned for details on our next collection on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 when Ms. Seri's class will make the trip.
- The Community Service Learning Committee


Hillside's 13th annual Carol Virginio Memorial Jump Rope for Heart was a great success!
Feb 2017
In what has become an annual tradition, Friday, February 17th, Hillside school participated in it’s 13th annual Jump Rope for Heart to support the American Heart Association.  The event is named after former Hillside School teacher’s aid, Carol Virginio, who passed away in the spring of 2013.  Carol was a cancer survivor, a heart transplant recipient, and an avid supporter of this event.    

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The event is coordinated by Hillside School’s Physical Education and Wellness teacher Rob Tatro.  This year, Hillside School had over 260 students who helped find sponsorships for the event which, for only the third time in school history, eclipsed the $21,000 mark in total donations to the American Heart Association.  Whether or not students chose to find sponsorships or not, students spent the past several weeks experimenting with new jumping skills, learning about heart health, and supporting this very important organization.  We are so lucky to be blessed with such support from the entire Needham community and beyond and thank you to everyone who helped make another Jump Rope for Heart event a tremendous success!



Mitchell - 100 items for 100 Days & 60 Bags of Food!
Feb 2017

Thanks to you and your generous donations, the K classes exceeded their goal of donating 100 items for the 100th day of school! Amazing! Ms. Martin's class delivered SIXTY BAGS of items to Needham Community Council's Food Pantry on behalf of our community. Special thanks to Christine Wantman and Mary Richman!
- The Community Service Learning Committee See all photos here!

Mitchell - Sandwich Tuesday
Jan 2017
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The Mitchell Community Service Learning Committee had a very successful sandwich making event on Tuesday, Jan 31 in support of Generic Ministry, the Needham charity that provides meals, clothing and other essentials for homeless men and women in Boston.  We had 30 student volunteers along with parents who received a very informative presentation from Generic Ministry volunteer Terry Windhorst about volunteering and Generic Ministry's mission.  The kids made 70 lunches for the homeless and then received a tour of the Generic Ministry van.  See all photos here!
Mitchell - Sandwich Tuesday and Pie in the Sky Fundraiser
Nov 29, 2016
Here are some highlights from our event:

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  • 25 Mitchell students along with parents attended
  • 70 lunches made for Generic Ministry volunteers to deliver to homeless in Boston
  • Students and parents toured the Generic Ministry van with Mitchell parent and GM volunteer Kristen Collins to see how Generic Ministry supports the many needs of homeless people in Boston
See all the photos here

Pie in the Sky Fundraiser
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  • 112 pies bought by Mitchell families, raising $3,355 for the Community Servings organization
  • The $3,355 raised will enable Community Servings to support 112 critically ill homebound clients & their families for one week, or one client and family for 1/3 of the year
Pie in the Sky card making event
  • 13 Mitchell students attended with parents
  • Community Servings educational video watched by all
  • The students created 45 creative, colorful and cheerful holiday and get well cards for Community Servings to provide to their clients this holiday season
Check out all the photos


Mitchell - Mrs. Spinney's Students deliver!
Mrs. Spinney's Class delivered 60 bags of items to the NCC Food Pantry!
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Eliot's First Sandwich Tueday
Making sandwiches for the Generic Minstry.

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Eliot's Newest 5th Grade CSL Team Member
Fifth grade Student Leaders greet students in the morning and help them arrive safely.
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Mitchell Students Deliver
Ms. Krammes' third grade class delivered forty bags of items on behalf of Mitchell School today. Our next collection is Oct 18th.IMG_1822.jpg





District Goal Two: Develop social, emotional, wellness, and citizenship skills
To ensure students develop the knowledge and skills that empower healthy, resilient, and culturally  proficient global citizens who commit to act with integrity, respect, and compassion.

Objective #3: Students engage in age appropriate service activities that enable them to contribute to or act on local or global social needs and that provide them opportunities to develop social, civil, and academic skills through reflection and analysis of their efforts.



"Experience enhances understanding; understanding leads to more effective action." (Eyler and Giles 1999)










Superintendent
Dan Gutekanst
1330 Great Plain Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
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Mark Healey
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Gretchen Ayoub
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Ann Ahnert
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Jack Baker
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Joanna Murphy
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Heather McCarthy
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Mardy Claus
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Hillside
Margaret Petrovich
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Kathleen Martell
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