On Monday, January 8, students in Class I through IV devoted themselves to helping eight local nonprofits in the annual Lower School Community Service Day. In keeping with Winsor's founding value of being "generous-minded," the voluntary event brings entire classes of students together year after year.
Students not only contributed their time but also gained a deeper appreciation of how many among us may be struggling to support their families or overcome by adversity. Throughout the day, they learned more about where and what kind of help is most needed, the intricate network of services available, and how a willingness to help and donations from volunteers are essential.
Class I students prepared food at the Pine Street Inn, which offers comprehensive services for the more than 1,900 homeless men and women in Boston.
Class II collected and sorted clothes, toys and books for Cradles to Crayons, an organization which provides children living in homeless and low-income situations with essential items that they need to thrive at home, at school and at play.
Class III sorted and packaged food and household goods at the Greater Boston Food Bank, the Newton Food Pantry and the Centre Street Food Pantry, all organizations dedicated to fighting hunger in Eastern Massachussetts.
Click on the links above to learn more about the organizations at which the girls volunteered.
A special thanks to the Community Service Coordinators for volunteering their time to create such a meaningful experience for our students:
Class I - Michelle Santry and Rachel Reynolds
Class II - Shan Jin and Gilda Smart
Class III - Adelina Carney and Katie Ragosa
Class IV - Gabi de Oliveira Castro and Deborah Leone
Photos courtesy of Winsor parents and Kristie Gillooly Dean, who accompanied Class I to the Pine Street Inn.