Kicking off the school year with smiles and inspiration

Right: Team Hoyt with other Hoyt Foundation runners.  The father-son team will share their inspirational story with middle schoolers this week. (Photo from their website)

This week marks the start of school in Southborough. To get things off on the right foot for the year, the schools have some fun in store for students.

But it is school. So, the fun comes with educational messages.

Neary School – 

  • On the students’ first day, they will be visited by entertainer Robert Rivest, encouraging them to “Enjoy the Ride”. The presentation will include mime, comedy, and inspirational stories.
  • The day will be capped off by a Welcome Back Ice Cream Social (5:00 – 7:00 pm).

Trottier Middle School – “Team Hoyt” will be visiting to share the father and son’s inspirational story with students. In 1962, Rick Hoyt was born a quadrapalegic with cerebral palsey:

In the spring of 1977, Rick Hoyt told his father, Dick Hoyt, that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night, Rick told his father, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.”

This realization was just the beginning of what would become over 1,000 races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons.

Finn & Woodward Schools

  • This week marks the “orientation” period for incoming students. So, they’re holding off until next Friday for their first CARE* assembly of the year. To keep it fun, students will be entertained by Bonapart the Magician.
  • That Friday will also mark the year’s first “Spirit Day”, with kids sporting school shirts or dressed for a theme. Finn will celebrate Aloha Friday with Hawaiian shirts. (Woodward theme TBA in the Thursday packet.) Each Spirit Day, students are encouraged to bring in a donation for the Southborough Food Pantry.

*If you aren’t familiar with CARE, it’s the district’s Compassion Acceptence and Respect for Everyone anti-bullying initiative.

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