October – Unity day – we participated in this national event by asking all students and staff to wear orange to school in a show of support for targets of bullying. We also had a school wide community meeting that focused on bully prevention.
October – during our book fair we worked with Scholastic to donate books to the Mass. General Hospital for Children to provide books for patients at their Salem campus. 4th grade leaders selected the books to give and met with the outreach social worker to deliver the books.
November – collected non-perishable food items for the Interfaith Food Pantry.
December – collected gifts and spare change for the Toys for Local Children.
December – after our annual holiday fair, all the remaining gifts were donated to a local Lynn school for use at one of their holiday events.
February – began our local Oral History project with the Swampscott Senior Center. Over a dozen senior citizens came to Clarke to be interviewed by the 4th gr leaders. The leaders will turn this interview into a narrative and make a multi-media presentation and invite the seniors to return in May.
March – Fundraiser for the Kalipay Negrenese Foundation in the Philippines. Every student contributed a design to the Clarke School Coloring Book of Peace. Clarke families provided donations to the Kalipay to receive a book. (This project was chosen by the 4th gr leaders since the aunt of one of our students founded this program- which helps homeless and abused youth in the Philippines.)
Anticipated – April/May – Stepping Stones for Stella – raise money for this local organization which helps with CP awareness.
September to present – Grade 4 Student Leaders do weekly recycling for Hadley
September – Grade One had Pet Parade for whole school and collected $900 in donations for Northeast Animal Shelter
October – Trick or Treat for UNICEF; collected almost $300
October – “Walk for Hunger” w/ Grade 4 Student Leaders; raised $500 for My Brother’s Table
November – All Hadley students and staff wrote letters to “Operation Gratitude”, a Veteran’s organization that supports our service men and women
November / December – Toys and cash donations collected for “Toys for Local Children” program
February – “Wear Red Day” for Women Heart Health awareness month
February / March – Collected necessities to make “Blessing Bags” for the homeless shelter in Lynn
April – Wear blue for “Autism Awareness” month
October – Clothing Drive for Harrington Elementary School in Lynn
October – UNICEF – organized and led by our Fourth Grade Teacher, Sami Lawler, the students and families raised $1126.68
March – Grade 4 Student Leaders’ Wear-Red-for-a-Bed Day raised $139 for the Massachusetts Coalition for Homelessness
March – Grade 4 Student Leaders created a Coloring Book for Casserly House, a Roslindale organization dedicated to helping families in poverty with employment, after school programs, tutoring and much more. Student leaders each contributed a unique page.
- Pennies for Patients (exclusive to NJHS)
- Cradles to Crayons
- My Brother’s Table Turkey Drive
- Collection Drive for My Brother’s Table after summer reading of The Invisible Thread (a novel)
- Donations to Hope for Creativity to purchase Art Kits for students
- Feeding America Fundraiser dinner
- TLC collection
The French Club – has been busy this year running fundraisers (movie nights, cupcake-grams and French candy sales among others) and putting the majority of funds raised towards charitable donations. This year, we will be making a donation of $300 to the BARKA Foundation, an NGO with local ties which SHS has supported over the past several years. BARKA works to improve clean water access and provide sanitation and hygiene education to remote villages in Burkina Faso, West Africa. The French Club was also pleased to award a total of $450 in travel scholarships to deserving students, allowing them to participate in a February field trip to Québec City.
Drama Club & Chorus – Free concerts (holiday and spring) open to the public. Free tickets to senior center for fall play and spring musical.
Interact Club – This year’s projects are: Walk for My Brothers Table; Thanksgiving Stretch Award Food Collection for Swampscott Food Bank; Barka Coffee House; Prom Dress collection; Knitting for the Community (knit blankets for shelters); and Duct Tape Regatta (STEM).
National Honor Society – NHS has participated in the following this year: Apple Picking and baking for My Brothers Table, reach out and Read Book Drive, Winter Clothing Drive for St Francis and Rosie’s Place, hope for Creativity Auction and Hope for Creativity Packing Day, Holiday Fairs at the Elementary Schools, and tutoring for high school mid-terms.
Student Council – SC members are required to complete 12 hours of service a year. They keep a log and pass it in to Ms. Bryanos by the end of May. A complete list of organizations that they participate in is not compiled but includes New England Youth Softball Program, Special Olympics, Bertram House, Nahant Sailing Program, and Haven for Hunger.
ADL – Anti-Defamation group works at SMS with all grade levels presenting workshops. ADL & Student Council & NHS also volunteer at field day and holiday fairs at the three elementary schools.
SHS Nicaragua Service Trip – In April of 2016, a second delegation of 12 students and 2 chaperones from SHS traveled to Nicaragua with the NGO “El Porvenir” which has worked in Nicaragua since the 1980’s, improving the lives of rural Nicaraguans through sustainable selfhelp water, sanitation and reforestations projects. Before the trip,the SHS delegation raised over $700 for tree nurseries in Nicaragua. and collected new and used sports equipment for four different primary schools in the area where they worked. While in Nicaragua, they worked along side local community members to rehabilitate a “lavandero” so the women in the village could bathe in shower stalls and wash clothes in a central location with clean water instead of traveling a long distance to the river, knowing that the river water is dirty and often causes skin disorders. The delegation’s work substantially improved the lives of the women and girls in the community, those who shoulder the burden of bringing water for all the household needs, often spending several hours a day carrying 40 pound buckets and laundry for miles. It is wonderful to see our students acting locally and thinking globally.