Community Service

Community Service News, January 8

Toy Drive Thank You
We recently received this thank you message from the Bridget Brigade Foundation: 

“With much gratitude, the Bridget Brigade Foundation thanks you for spreading cheer and smiles to children hospitalized during the holidays. Belmont Day School donated 80 toys, which were delivered to local hospitals. The student-made cards were a special addition and greatly appreciated. Thank you for being an important part of the Bridget Brigade this holiday season. Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2016!”

Garden Bounty: Year-round Learning and Service

On Community Service Day in May, students and teachers worked hard to get our school garden ready for a fruitful season—and what a productive season it has been so far! Our organic garden has yielded several types of greens including kale and arugula; we've harvested sugar snap peas and the summer squash is now coming in. The fragrance of herbs—and the nearby honeybee hive—fills the air.

Second Grade Supports Gaining Ground

For the past eight years, second graders have worked with Gaining Ground, an organic farm in Concord that raises and distributes all of its produce to local hunger relief agencies. On Wednesday, students traveled to Gaining Ground and planted sunflowers and celeriac, weeded asparagus beds, and mulched flower beds. On Friday, as part of Community Service Day, students decorated reusable bags that will be used as part of the farm's Families First program.

Roots and Shoots Sponsors Tiger Week

Sumatran Tigers

Last year, when some of us were in fifth grade, we read an article on a very endangered species of tigers from Sumatra. We learned that there are only about 350 Sumatran tigers left in the world. From there, we further researched these animals and hoped that we could help raise awareness and money for them. We shared our concerns and ideas with the other members of Roots & Shoots, a middle school community service club, to get more support and ideas. We put everyone’s ideas together and Tiger Week was born! Tiger Week will begin on February 23.

Roots & Shoots Volunteers at Special Olympics Basketball Free Throw Contest

Last week, the Roots and Shoots club volunteered at the Belmont Special Olympics Basketball Free Throw Contest. There were 14 volunteers from fifth to eighth grade. We all had so much fun cheering on the players! We counted the athletes' baskets and reported them to a desk where it was recorded, as well as caught rebounds. There were 30 athletes that we helped, and this was Roots and Shoots' fourth year volunteering at this event. 

Share the Warmth Clothing Drive, November 25 to December 19

Dear Belmont Day Community,

Fifth grade is organizing a clothing drive for Cradles to Crayons called Share the Warmth. Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization that provides basic needs for children from birth to 12 years of age. Share the Warmth will run from Tuesday, November 25 to Friday, December 19. You can drop off your donations in the boxes in the front lobby.  

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