On Tuesday, January 23, more than 130 Winsor Lower School students took part in Winsor's annual Lower School Community Service Day.
On Tuesday, January 23, more than 130 Winsor Lower School students took part in Winsor's annual Lower School Community Service Day. Organized each year by members of the Parents' Association, the day is an opportunity for students to come together to help support those in need in the Greater Boston area.
Class I traveled to the Pine Street Inn to assemble meals and snacks, and witnessed how the organization supports Boston's homeless. Class II students helped sort gently used clothes, shoes, books, toys and games, collected from Winsor families, at the Cradles to Crayons warehouse in Brighton. Class III students volunteered at one of three organizations dedicated to helping fight hunger in Eastern Massachusetts: Greater Boston Food Bank, Centre Street Food Pantry and Newton Food Pantry. Class IV students spent time playing with and reading to kids at the Bridge Boston Charter School, Ellis Memorial Early Education Center and South End Head Start, schools committed to serving our city's most vulnerable children.
Year after year, the experience is a powerful reminder of the challenges many members of the broader community face, and the students who volunteer experience first-hand the difference every donation and act of kindness can make.
For one group, just two hours at the Great Boston Food Bank was time to pack 6,210 lbs of food into boxes that will provide just over 4000 meals. Other students gained a deeper understanding of the cascading impact of food insecurity and the absence of hygiene products - and particularly feminine hygiene products - on kids their own age. "It reminds us not to take things for granted," commented one student.
"The girls were all so engaged and eager to take on more responsibilities," notes parent chaperone Ning Zhao P'24. "At the end of their time, many asked about whether they could sign up to volunteer again and come back with their parents."
Watching the students work side-by-side for a good cause, and hearing the positive feedback from the organizations hosting the events, Class III coordinator Leigh Hebard P'24 adds, "I was very proud to be a Winsor parent today."
A special thanks to the parent volunteers who organized each event and made the day a success:
Parents' Association Liaisons for Community Service and Communications:
Maria Balouris Handrinos P'22, '25 and Rachel Reynolds P'25
Community Service Outreach Coordinators by Class:
Class I: Su-en Wong P'26 and Lokesh Suri P'26
Class II: Madeline Rodriguez P'25 and Michelle Santry P'25
Class III: Leigh Hebard P'24 and Shan Jin P'24
Class IV: Adelina Carney P'23 and Katie Ragosa P'23