Friday, December 7, 2007
Shorts from the Regional School Committee, November 27
· Community service options. David Holdorf gave a presentation on the 2Volunteer Program at the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) meeting on November 27. 2Volunteer's mission is to connect Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) students to a plethora of organizations with a wide range of service opportunities to help students fulfill their graduation requirement of 40 hours of community service. Holdorf stressed the positive value of community service. "It changes their lives."
Students can browse through the 2Volunteer web site at: (http://mail.colonial.net/%7E2volunteer/pages/) to determine where they want to volunteer. Last summer, freshman David Rayson helped to revise the web site.
Community service options include: clerical work, trail work, work with kids on social, academic and athletic levels, helping the elderly, helping people with special needs, supporting shelters and food banks, helping to raise money through charity walks, taking care of animals, working on political campaigns, and helping out in cultural, historical and health areas. There are one-time opportunities and others that could last several months. The web site includes a "What's New" page that has a calendar with urgent needs.
The 2Volunteer program also advertises service options on a bulletin board by the office and, during CCHS's Health Week, they bring in agencies that need student volunteers. In addition, every other week, students can meet individuals from different organizations in the cafeteria and talk with them about community service opportunities.
The 2Volunteer Program executive committee is made up of Kathy Dwyer, David Holdorf, Barbara Howland, Geeta Krisha and Kate McCandless.
At the end of four years at CCHS, community service hours are tallied for each senior and awards are given to those who have far exceeded the 40-hour minimum. Last year, Katie Parrish of Concord had over 600 hours of service and received the President's Volunteer Service Award.
· FY09 Budget. Superintendent Brenda Finn said at this time she was not planning any capital requests for FY09. However, "We might need a request for a SPED override." RSC member Jan McGinn said that some of the high school bathrooms are in a "deplorable condition" and asked for FY09 funding to address them. Finn said that any CCHS Warrant Articles would need to be prepared by January to meet deadlines in Concord. Needs at the high school will be discussed further at the December 11
· Donations. One of the more pleasant tasks of the RSC is to accept donations. This month, the CCHS Class of 1957 donated $3,000 for science equipment for the high school's physics classes. The money will be used to purchase optics bench labs which will allow students to explore light and its properties. The RSC gratefully thanked the 1957 Class Representative David Palmuccia.
Sarah Newton of Concord donated her upright piano. She had it tuned and delivered to the high school and it is in good condition.
A paper shredder was also donated by Woodman and Eaton, P.C. of Concord. Finn said with a smile, "It's a good night for donations!"
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