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Service Learning in January: Compassion

What We Achieved in December

We spent the month of December participating in what is perhaps our longest-running annual service learning project: collecting gift donations for two sponsored families at Marguerite’s Place. We conducted this project in the spirit of community.

Marguerite’s Place is a local non-profit and “a transitional housing program for women and children in crisis.”As always, our own TNOT families generously donated gifts from these women and children’s wish lists, which are frequently filled with everyday items, such as socks, underwear, and cleaning supplies, that many of us take for granted each day.

It is always a heartening experience to witness our school community coming together each year to make the season that much more special for these families. From this little bit of extra support and these meaningful gestures of generosity, these families are given a fresh start for a new year. The donated gifts will aid them in their continued journey to a safer, happier, and healthier home life, and they can move into 2018 knowing that they have community members standing behind them.

We believe that the students should actively participate in service learning, going above and beyond simple acts of charity. Our middle school students hand delivered the gifts to Marguerite’s Place just in time for their big Christmas party and greeted the Marguerite’s Place daycare students with carols.

We are proud to say our students received high praises for their polite manners and kind-hearted spirits!

Up Next

January’s Cause:  Catie’s Closet

January’s Goal:    Collect new or gently used clothing, new undergarments, and full-size toiletries to improve school attendance for children in need, ages 4-18.

Did you know children are the largest age group living in poverty in the United States? Sometimes we find it difficult to see the struggles that others face because we are fortunate enough to take certain things for granted, such as shelter, food, sanitary products, and clothing. Children who lack these basic needs are more likely to face social ridicule, academic challenges, and have poor school attendance. Compassion allows us to see the struggles that others face and, in turn, take the action necessary to help them overcome these obstacles.

We are looking forward to working with Catie’s Closet this month to assist in the needs of children and teenagers in our community schools. Catie’s Closet is a wonderful local organization that provides an in-school resource of clothing and toiletries so kids can succeed in school and in life. Today, Catie’s Closets can be found in 37 schools in MA & NH.

Our Call to Action

Throughout the month of January, we are accepting donations in the front foyer of the white building. Catie’s Closet has put out a request for:


  • New or gently used clothing for children and teens, ages 4-18
    • Hoodies
    • Pants
    • Jeans
    • Coats
    • Sweatpants
    • Sweaters
    • Long-sleeve tops
    • Gloves/Mittens
  • New undergarments for children and teens, ages 4-18
    • Underwear
    • Socks
  • New full-sized toiletries
    • Shampoo
    • Body wash
    • Deodorant
    • Shaving products
    • Toothpaste
    • Brushes and combs
    • Other youth products


Looking for ways to get your child involved in the “service” aspect of this project? 

We recommend talking to them about why we take the time to donate items rather than just throw them away, and what these acts of kindness can mean for a child who is less fortunate. We also can’t stress enough how enriching it can be to engage your child in the process of picking out the clothing items that they are willing to donate, giving them both agency in the process and a deeper connection to what a valuable gain their small loss can become to someone else.

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