Throughout the first semester, our 6/7s and 7/8s are giving back to their school and community by completing a variety of service projects. They’ve been divided into six groups, and with the help of mentor teachers, these sixty middle school students are donating their time and talent in the following ways:
This dynamic group of students, led by Ellen B., is working with staff members at the Fitchburg Public Library to create a book display for teen readers. Students are also creating topical bundles of books that can be easily checked out by young readers who are interested in particular topics.
These tech savvy middle school students, under the guidance of Jack M., Damian K., and staff from FACTv, are producing short video tutorials that will help youth throughout the area learn about the many services and trainings offered to the community by FACTv.
Grandparents’ Breakfast Hosts
Grandparents and grandfriends of our 3/4 students will benefit from the efforts of this ambitious group. Under the direction of Jessica D. and Jenn S., and in conjunction with the Junior 3/4s, these students will host a special Grandparents’ Breakfast on November 11 that will include delicious food and delightful entertainment.
This energetic group, with the help of Maggie vB. and Denise M., is working with the Fitchburg Parks Director to continue several Gunflint Trail Park maintenance projects that were started two years ago. Students are weeding gardens, removing stubborn honeysuckle, and adding new plants. The project is aimed at restoring an oak savannah prairie. Students planted a nursery to propagate prairie plants that will ultimately be transplanted into the prairie and are also collaborating with Fitchburg Research Park Associates. Students are also participating in a tree banding project affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute where they are monitoring tree growth in response to global warming.
These helpful 6/7s are working with Mary Kay B. and Kao Yong T., a school-community liaison from Leopold, to support the Leopold community in various ways. To date they have made posters for the “Walking School Bus” program, written pen pal letters to a group of fifth graders, and are currently organizing a collection of hats and mittens for Leopold students.
Montessori Art Buddies
These enthusiastic middle- schoolers, under the artistic guidance of Rebecca F., are buddying up with young students at Greenway Crossing Montessori to enjoy the experience of creating art together. Our students are excited to build community with their young buddies through this interactive and inspiring process.