Memorial Elementary After school Program (ASAP) students in Natick have been accomplishing giving the gift of their time for the last three years through their weekly Community Service Club!
Through the Community Service Club, students learn about, and perform, community service through thoughtful and meaningful projects. With the support of the ASAP leadership team and staff at Memorial, Theresa Alessandro (community service club instruction), facilitates projects with students by encouraging ideas and asking for input on how to help and support others in the Natick community and beyond. For example, in support of the Natick Food Pantry, students have learned how to organize and run a food drive, toiletries drive, and most recently, a ‘celebrations drive’ where birthday-themed items were collected. During the celebrations drive, students sorted and packaged over 50 birthday-themed packets that included cake, frosting, and candles sets, and goody bags from items donated by the Memorial School community.
Additional service projects past and present have included:
- Bookmarks for the Bacon Free Library patrons to take along with their books
- Prepared Pinecone Birdfeeders for The Riverbend of South Natick Nursing and Rehabilitation for residents to enjoy during their winter bird watching
- Created handmade wreaths and baskets from fabric for the Police, Fire, Natick Service Council, Metrowest Family Promise, Memorial School Staff, and Natick Senior Center in appreciation for all they do for the Natick community
- decorated plaques and handmade flags with thankful messages for our Natick Veteran’s,
- handmade Dog and Cat Toys donated to the Animal Rescue League as a “going with gift” when furry friends are adopted.
In addition to club projects, we also arrange an annual visit from Kelsey Hampton, Director of Natick’s Food Pantry, to educate students about the pantry and how the services impact the Natick community. Our service for the Natick Food Pantry has included:
- decorating and filling snack bags
- preparing paper pumpkins for Thanksgiving Baskets
- visiting the Food Pantry to sort and shelve donated items
It’s amazing to see the excitement, ideas, and teamwork the students bring to the Memorial ASAP Community Service Club. Our students are learning about community engagement, service, and giving back while displaying their creativity!