Our program's mission is to expose young children to local charities, create empathy for those in need, and engage children in the benefits of helping others, all while having fun and working as a team! We are offering weekend projects as well as a two-week summer program.
Service Stars Summer Program
We are running a community service summer program the weeks of 8/13 and 8/20. We will spend the morning engaged in a fun service project, taking snack and play breaks as needed. When the project is finished, we will have lunch together outside. We will conclude with a wrap up discussion that will highlight other ways that they get involved from home. Children that are staying for a full day will then have the option of free play on the playground or doing a craft project that has a service focus (i.e. making get well cards for kids in the hospital). Each day is different, so sign up for both sessions, one session, or individual days! This is a brand new program so please help us spread the word!
**Some days will be on-site at a local Newton-based charity with a short walk to a nearby playground. Other days will be at the Lower Falls Community Center or the Shuman Center in Oak Hill Park where we will bring the project to us. See the Schedule tab for daily drop-off and pick-up locations. There may be slight changes in the schedule and locations as we work to make each day as enriching as possible. Final schedules will be mailed to you soon so you can plan ahead!**
Ages: Children entering Kindergarten to those entering 5th grade.
Full Day option- 9:00am - 3:00pm Cost: $230/week or $60/day
Half day option - 9:00am -1:00pm Cost: $175/week or $45/day
Early drop off option - 8:30am Cost: $12/day
Session 1: Monday August 13 - Friday, August 17
Monday: Week 1 Kick-off Day! Learn about this week's service projects and make Jared Boxes for kids in local hospitals
Tuesday: Create and hand out fliers for Friday's Cradles to Crayons and Food Pantry collection drives
*A volunteer from Cradles to Crayons will be coming to talk to the kids about their collection drive!
Wednesday: Make superhero costumes for children at homeless shelters
*Fabric has been donated by Hip Stitch in West Newton!
Thursday: Do a Paint Bar art project with seniors at the Newton Senior Center
*Paint Bar in Newtonville will be running this project, which has been generously sponsored by Village Bank!
Friday: Cradles to Crayons and Food Pantry Collection Drive! Collect and sort donations **DONATIONS NEEDED - CLICK HERE**
Session 2: Monday August 20 - Friday, August 24
Monday: Week 2 Kick-off Day! Learn about this week's service projects and make "seed bombs" and dog treats in preparation for Tuesday
*A volunteer from the MSPCA will be coming to talk to the children about their organization!
Tuesday: Cold Spring Park Day! Three activities: Park clean-up and "seed bombing," Sell homemade dog treats at the dog park to raise money for the MSPCA, and Farmer's Market Tour
*A volunteer from the Newton Conservators will be coming to teach us about invasive plant removal
Friday: Cradles to Crayons Day! Volunteer at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory on the Newton/Brighton border
Friday PM – End of Program Celebration!! We will be having a pizza lunch and bowling at Flatbreads. After bowling, we’ll head over to the Warrior Ice Arena for a tour and some fun activities!