Reasons to smile shared by the Southborough schools – Philanthropy, advocacy, and more

Above: Students supporting charities are just some of the stories shared by the public schools this spring. (images cropped from social media)

On this Feelgood Friday, I’m posting news about Southborough students and staff as shared by our schools this spring:

Trottier Middle School

YiP checks to Food Pantry and Taly foundation cropped from twitterYouth in Philanthropy
Over the winter, Trottier has hosted a special after school program for charitable teens. 8th grade students who live or study in town were invited to join the new Southborough chapter of Youth in Philanthropy. The group was charged with evaluating applications and grant funds to nonprofits serving community youths. (The work is financially supported by the Southborough Community Fund.)

Earlier this month, Trottier tweeted news of the end results. The teens granted $5,000 each to the Southborough Food Pantry and the Taly Foundation. At that meeting, they also discussed their experiences in the program. 

Project 351
It wasn’t the only charitible effort by Trottier teens. The school also shared the success of this year’s Ambassador to Project 351. (Each of the 351 middle schools in the state nominate an ambassador to work on the Projects’ volunteer efforts for non-profits.) Earlier this spring, the school congratulated Lee Gould and shared her mother’s news of the successful Cradles to Crayons collection drive:

55 sorted bags to donate to Cradles to Crayons – thanks to everyone who went through their closets and her Leadership Team who helped publicize and sort the clothes. Knew we could count on Southborough to be so generous!! #project351 #UniteActLead #p351SpringService

Neary School

Prowess on the court
In early April, the school brought in former Malaysian national badminton champion, Andy Chong. He worked with one of his students, a Neary 4th grader, to demonstrate the support. The school shared her “power and finesse” in this video

Woodward School

Pennies for Patients at WoodwardAll tied up
The school held it’s annual “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The prize for the class with the highest donations was duct taping Principal Steven Mucci and school nurse Mary Ellen Duggan to the school’s portico. The duo were good sports this morning when Mrs. Coyle’s class did the honor.

Special visitors
They may have appeared out of season, but there was a good reason that so many students were sporting Patriots jerseys last week:

Woodward school Pat the Patriot visitWhen Mrs. Kelleher’s and Mrs. Garand’s classes heard that Pat the Patriot got injured from being tackled last season, they decided to write get well letters to Pat! He was so touched that he and his cheerleader friend, Alysa paid us a visit!

Finn School

Environmental Advocacy
environmental posters at FinnA “team” of Finn students has been advocating for classmates to reduce plastic waste and forgo use of plastic straws.

The effort began with first grader Aahna’s posting of posters around the cafeteria. She sought to raise awareness of the impact that use of plastic has on sea life and the environment. Other students teamed up with her.

Principal Clayton Ryan reached out to share a few examples of the slew of posters. Apparently, the school had to take them down to prepare for painting. Aahna is now seeking to get the Town to consider passing an environmental bylaw. Her family will be compiling her posters as part of their communication with officials.

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