To mark The Sage School’s 20th Anniversary in 2011, a year-long community service project called “20 for 20″ was developed. Throughout the course of the year, students, parents, faculty, and staff performed at least 20 acts of kindness, service, and good work that benefited Foxboro, and the surrounding communities, as well as global communities. In keeping with The Sage School’s mission of encouraging its students to use their gifts as productive members of society, the initiative served as an umbrella for pre-existing activities and provided a platform for exciting new projects that brought our entire school community together. The program was embraced by the Sage community and laid a strong foundation on which to continue building the future of community service at Sage. A Service @ Sage committee, consisting of administrators, faculty, parents, and students now oversee all service projects at The Sage School. The student representatives work as members of this committee to coordinate projects and act as liaison to the Student Council.
At the beginning of the school year, the committee meets to choose programs taking into consideration a ‘theme’ we want to concentrate on through diverse projects (ie. literacy, hunger, etc.) that correspond with the curriculum. In the past, projects have included making lunches for homeless shelters, collecting food for the local food pantry, collecting warm coats and toys for children, reading for Heifer International, collecting for UNICEF, and cleaning up along the Charles River. In addition, The Sage School piloted a new program called “The Great Coin Race” for World Connect/Kids to Kids where the school raised funds for a library in the Dominican Republic, a camp in Peru, an educational program in El Salvador, and most recently, a gardening and healthy living project in Costa Rica.
Here are some of our recent service projects :
Each division prepares 100 lunches to be distributed to families staying at Mainspring House, a homeless shelter in Brockton. Mainspring House is a program that helps people obtain a home by giving temporary shelter and food, finding safe and affordable housing, and providing permanent housing with supportive services.
The Sage community made contributions to Birthday Wishes, an organization that provides birthday parties for homeless kids in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. The community donated enough supplies for 14 Birthdays-in-a-box with an additional 3 boxes worth of party supplies that will be used by Birthday Wishes to help create more birthdays-in-a-box.
Foxboro Discretionary Fund
Each Middle School and Junior classroom, as well as the Sage Administration Team, were given the age and gender of a local child whose family was in need of assistance during the holidays. In early December, the Middle School students, using money they had earned doing chores, went on a shopping field trip to purchase gifts for those families.
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
On Halloween, the Sage community participated in the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. For 2015 Sage collected $665.82 to support UNICEF, an organization that provides medicine, better nutrition, safe water, education, emergency relief, and other support to children in more than 150 countries around the world.
Great Coin Race 2015
For the fifth year in a row, Sage participated in “The Great Coin Race,” a special community service program by Kids to Kids/World Connect. The school collected change to raise money for two projects in Cambodia related to reading and a High School Science Club. Collectively, Sage raised $900.80 for Kids to Kids/World Connect.
Foxboro Food Pantry
Throughout the year, the eighth graders coordinate food donations at the monthly middle school socials and deliver the items to the Foxboro Food Pantry for distribution to needy families in the local area.
We collected new and gently used books for two organizations: Books for Kids and Camp Susan Curtis in Maine. The response from our community was overwhelming and the organizations were most grateful.