On Tuesday, March 21 twelve groups from Mrs. Ferreira and Mrs. Hyde-McGuire's 8th grade science classes convened to participate in a Skype session with a Program Educator at Boston Museum of Science's Planetarium, Talia Sepersky. The groups were selected by both their teacher and the other students in their class to present their group project, a Museum Kit. These students worked together to build a kit that would help students learn about the cause of seasons, and how seasons and sunlight intensity vary across the globe. The students put together models, manipulatives, games, activities, information sheets and instructions for their kits. During the Skype session, each group "pitched" their kit for two minutes to Ms. Sepersky, after which she gave feedback to the students. The students were very professional, well-prepared and did a wonderful job representing the STEM Academy during this Skype session. It was a great opportunity for students to present their work and receive feedback from a professional in the field. The event was a true success!
8th grade student Jack Burgess is this year's Project 351 Ambassador and he has written the following letter:
Dear Parents of STEM,
More than 305,000 children in Massachusetts live in low income households. That is 1 out of every 7 children. This is an alarming thing to think about in our state. Though later this month kids across the Commonwealth will be working to make a difference in our state with Project 351 and Cradles to Crayons.
Project 351 is an organization that selects one 8th grader from every town in Massachusetts based on their leadership, compassion, and ethic of service to represent the town as an ambassador. Project 351 sent kids from across the state for a day of service in Boston in January and I had an amazing and beneficial experience there. As Sandwich's ambassador, I will host a "Spring Service" clothing drive in the coming weeks. Since its inception in 2012, Project 351 has impacted more than 62,500 children doing this!
Cradles to Crayons (C2C) is a nonprofit devoted to providing children in low income situations with clothing. Last year C2C served more than one MILLION children across the US, and 131,350 in Massachusetts. All of the clothing that we collect will be transported to C2C in Boston and be sorted into KidPacks, personalized packages of clothing for children. They are a great organization and we are excited to work with them!
From March 20-24 there will be bins located in your child's classrooms and throughout the building, ready for collection of your gently used clothing. Things that you can donate are: winter coats, fall/spring jackets, everyday footwear, winter boots, pants, shirts, and pajamas. Shoes can be anywhere from infant to adult size 10. Clothing can be anywhere from infant to adult medium. Socks and pajamas must be new.
We are excited for this drive and the impact we will make! Please start sorting through your closets now. We are happy to take your old clothes!
2017 Project 351 Ambassador - Sandwich