Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Food Pantry ~ A Service Learning Project

The students in Mrs. Monts's first grade classroom are participating in a service learning project, collecting food for the Medway Food Pantry.  The children began the unit with a classroom visit from food pantry volunteer Barbara Rapisarda, who explained how the food pantry works and described what is most needed for donations.
In this project, the children visit individual classrooms to share with their peers what food has been collected and remind them which items will be included in the next week's drive. The children take turns in the hallway each morning helping other students place their donations in the box and then respond with a kind "thank you!"  
While this project has the children practicing math skills such as sorting, graphing and counting money, the more important skill of helping others and being good citizens is being reinforced. They are also learning that even a first grader can make a difference in this world!   

The food drive will continue until May 16th.  See the schedule below for suggested items to donate each week.

Week of May 5:  Children's week:  peanut butter, jelly and jam, applesauce, baby food, baby formula, spaghetti sauce and juice boxes.

Week of May 12: Personal items: soap, shampoo, conditioner, diapers, wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues and deodorant.

Donations of money will be accepted each week and will be used to buy perishable items.

Thank you!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Buddy Bench Arrives at McGovern

Thank you Mr. Mike our school custodian and Art Teacher, Noelle Fiore, for your talented ways and for making our buddy bench dream come true so quickly!

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Buddy Bench is Coming to McGovern School

The children at McGovern School met in a school wide assembly today to discuss the plan to create a buddy bench on the school playground.  What's a buddy bench you ask?  A buddy bench is a place on the playground where you can sit when you don't have anyone to play with, in the hopes that someone will come over and ask you to play.  
In our assembly today, children gave their opinion of what color the bench should be and then state the reason for that color.  The answers from the McGovern students were very thoughtful and appropriate:  rainbow colored, because a rainbow is happy and cheery, blue, because blue is the color you think of when you are sad, and red because it is the color of your heart. The children then voted on the color to paint the existing bench and overwhelming chose the rainbow color.  After choosing a color, the students listened to the story Pig is Sad by Mo Willems and then brainstormed words to say if they see someone on the buddy bench.  Now that the nice weather is upon us, the plan to create this buddy bench is coming close to being a reality.  We hope to post pictures next week!  Come back soon for updates!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Books on Display at McGovern School

Each month the McGovern School lobby displays new and exciting books for our children and our visitors to enjoy.  This month we highlight books about Pets and about "Chicks and Frogs and Everything Spring!"  We hope you will stop by to see these great titles!

For more great spring reading ideas click on the Books to Read Today shelf on the right side bar.