Support for and from schools: Teachers, SOS, and NECC volunteers doing good (Updated)

Remote schooling started for NSBORO K-12 students this morning. With many families and teachers likely stressed about the strange new school year, I thought I’d share some happy stories.

Each of the following relates to schools in town, though one isn’t part of the public school district.

Southborough Teachers continue supporting food pantries

STA Food Pantry Donation
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The Southborough Teachers Association has been continuing to support the community during the pandemic. In August, they raised over $1,000 in donations to give back to the Southborough Food Pantry and Our Father’s Table in Marlborough.

A few weeks ago, volunteers dropped off over $250 in back to school snacks and juice boxes to the pantry. They will do that again later in the fall and are slated to provide meals in September and October to Our Father’s Table.

SOS supports Finn staff

Principal Clayton Ryan shared his appreciation for an act of kindness by parents. Thanks to volunteers Cami Aspesi and Julie Fialkow, Finn SOS (Southborough Organization for Schools) brought in the Uhlmann’s Ice Cream truck to treat the staff at Finn School on Monday.

The sweet treat was welcomed as a great way to start the week, as the school geared up to be the first school in the district to welcome students back. (The pre-K program at Finn kicked off in-person today. K-5 students begin Hybrid attendance at Finn, Woodward, and Neary next week.)

Below are some contributed photos (click to enlarge):


Boston Marathon runners support NECC

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When the Boston Marathon was cancelled for the second time this year, registered runners were offered an alternative “virtual” way to participate. Participants could run a 26.2 mile course within 6 hours on a day between September between September 7–14.

Four runners that were signed up to raise funds for the New England Center for Children chose to make the big run.

Staff members Kyla McHaffie and Ashley Arsenault ran on September 7th. The runners mapped their routes to finish the final four miles in Southborough, with the finish line on NECC’s campus.

Last weekend, two more team members ran their courses. Staff member Katie Olszowy ran in Boston. Southborough resident John Gobron braved Heartbreak Hill, running the traditional Boston Marathon course.

Katie Olszowy John Gobron

(For those of you wondering, NECC resumed in-person school in August for residential and day school students. Families were also allowed to opt for remote learning.)

Updated (9/18/20 9:31 am): I missed that NECC contributed photos of the most recent runners. Those are inserted above.

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