Twenty-one students from Mitchell Elementary School, along with principal Dr. Mike Schwinden, paid a visit to seniors at the newly opened Center at the Heights. The students brought handmade cards, posters, and snowflakes to decorate the walls for the Christmas season.
“Our students haven’t stopped talking about their visit since returning. It was such a special opportunity for us,” said fifth grade teacher Colleen Soldato.
Soldato added that the students were able to sit with the seniors during a pizza lunch and “learned about things they share in common as well as how learning has changed over time.”
Although this was the students’ first visit to the new Senior Center, Mitchell has had a long commitment to building relationships between its students and seniors in the community. This has included visits to Avery Crossings, volunteering, and becoming pen pals. — Hometown Weekly Staff
Valentines for Soldiers
5th Grade student make Valentine's Day Cards for Deployed Soldiers
Students in Mrs. Soldatos' 5th grade class have been corresponding with deployed soldiers. This pen pal community service project has taught the students the importance of supporting those people who protect our country. They have attracted the attention of COL Brent Cummings who is planning to come to Mitchell next month to thank the students and talk to them in general about the importance and impact of community service. He is planning a fun team building activity for the kids. COL Cummings is currently a fellow at the Fletcher School, Tufts University and lives with his family in Belmont.
Mitchell Student Council
The Mitchell Student Council, under the direction Mrs. Karen Tiberi, has been very busy serving the community this year. In December they raised $250 for animal care at the Medfield Animal Shelter. This donation was matched by a challenges grant, doubling the impact of their hard work. Later in January, they raised $2,764.56 for the Alliance for Children Foundation to help families in Haiti. Working on the home front, they established a Media Center Volunteer Program where 4th and 5th grade students organize books and materials every Monday and Wednesday in the Media Center. Looking ahead this dynamic student council will raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Pennies for Patients is a program to raise money for cancer research.