I feel so fortunate to be at Boylson Elementary school in such a wonderful caring community. I regularly see people working together supporting one another and helping those. I see this in everyday interactions, recently in the kindnesses given to a family impacted by fire, and I see it in your children. In this vein, the "theme" of this week's blog is that of community or what we used to call being neighborly.
When I referenced your children, I was thinking of several interactions I've had with them over the last month but specifically around the work Student Council has planned around our local food pantry. They have asked to contribute to this blog to share their plans with all of you:
Hi it’s Gabby and Liv from student council. We just wanted to tell you that the food drive is starting this Monday and we hope we can raise the bar from last year. The food drive will last from Monday, January 27th through Friday, February 7th. We are collecting canned goods and non-perishable food. Some examples are mac and cheese, pasta, sauces, tuna fish, peanut butter, cereals, soups, canned vegetables and canned fruit. Please be sure to check expiration dates on all food before you bring them in. All food donated will go to the Boylston Food Pantry.We tried to come up with something different than an extra recess for the class with the most donated items and decided to grab a friend. Every day when we total the amount of non-expired items our friend will visit that classroom with the most items for the day. On the last day, Friday the 7th, the class with the highest number of donated items will get to keep our friend.
Good luck everyone!! Let’s make this food drive the most successful food drive ever!!
In the last five years, our school has changed in many positive and subtle ways. When I arrived here we had "neighbors" across the street but were mostly surrounded by forest. We seem to be transitioning into a "neighborhood school" especially for those that live right behind us. It's wonderful to have students so close! It also requires a mind shift. We have to start to think about walkers and bike riders. In the spring we will have a fence around the playground to keep others from wandering in and kids (and recess equipment) from wandering out. We talk to the kids about respecting our neighbor's yards and not rolling things down the hill to see how far they go. On this note, please mind other's personal property when they are walking to and from. I know some houses have created routes but others prefer you to stay out of their yards. Please respect this request.
The Week Ahead: