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Garden Harvest

Over the past month, Baban Gill, Eleanor Nkera, Naomie Pierre, and Oprah Nkera have been working on the garden at Medford High School.  They harvested and distributed 19 bunches of oregano, 5 bunches of dill, 4 punches of mint, and one bunch of garlic chives.  Great job, Baban, Eleanor, Naomie, and Oprah! We are so ...
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Mystic River Clean Up

On Saturday, November 7th, the CCSR collaborated with the Mystic River Watershed Association and the City of Medford in order to host a cleanup along the Mystic River. This event took place from 10 AM to 12 PM. The participants wore masks and remained six feet apart at all times in order to ensure the ...
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Seed to Feed

CCSR student leaders Baban Gill, Naomie Pierre, Oprah Nkera, and Eleanor Nkera. Seeds to Feed is a CCSR project! Our project goal is to bring life to the MHS garden. We want to replant fruits and vegetables throughout this season. We will use them to feed struggling members in our community and donate to Mystic ...
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The MPS Advantage

https://www.mpsadvantage.education/2020/07/09/ccsr-helping-to-keep-medford-clean/
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Voter Registration Document

Hello Fellow Students,   My name is Sam Cluggish, and I am emailing you from the CCSR. My project this year focuses on getting as many students registered to vote as soon as possible so that you can join the public discourse and effect direct change in the government. This year, it is especially important ...
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Covid 19 Prevention Kits

  Delilah Putnam Bagley created COVID 19 Prevention Kits for three schools in the Medford Public School District. The COVID 19 Prevention Kit will hopefully provide masks for 750 students and a few classrooms. Delilah received donations from Costco and the Medford Farmers Market Vendor Bart's Ice Cream. Delilah also contributed all of her money ...
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Shanghai Moon Painting

Students from the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (CCSR) at Medford High School have added their own unique beauty and whimsy to the jersey barriers surrounding the outdoor cafe at Shanghai Moon restaurant in Haynes Square. Working together on two afternoons, five students painted all seven jersey barriers with flowers and butterflies. The traffic-facing ...
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Tufts and CCSR Drive in Night

https://medfordccsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Tufts-and-CCSR-1_Trim.mp4
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CCSR Pride Video

https://medfordccsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/pride_video.mp4
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MHS Teacher Pride Message

Listen to the message Ms. Andre has to share about pride month! https://medfordccsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/pride.mp4
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McGlynn Middle School CCSR Virtual Project Fair

McGlynn Middle School CCSR adviser, Ms. Meghan Olsen, states: "Each year the CCSR contributes to the McGlynn Middle School, the Medford community and beyond. Every student and every project completed has an essential goal, to make the world a better place. I am amazed by the student's resilience and desire to continue their efforts during school closure. ...
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CCSR is Hosting Virtual H.O.R.S.E. Tournament

The CCSR is hosting its first Virtual H.O.R.S.E. Tournament! ALL are welcome! Here is how it will work: All games will be tournament style where winners will move on to the next round. There will be one H.O.R.S.E participant per volunteered basketball hoop. (If you are interesting in volunteering your basketball hoop, please e-mail Aidan ...
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MHS Students Presented “Green Medford: A 50-Year Tradition” on May 6

From the People Against Pollution Club of the early 1970s, to more than 30 environmental projects undertaken by students this school year, Medford High School has a proud, five-decade tradition of environmental activism. The City of Medford also has been a leader in this area over that time, creating the first municipal Climate Action Plan in ...
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MHS Students Thank Healthcare Professionals

Dechen Antsa, Rachell Paz, and Liana Curcio put together a montage of "thank yous" and messages from Medford High Students to thank all health care professionals working at this difficult time for their hard work and dedication. We are all juniors at MHS and have parents, family, and other friends who are currently giving their ...
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CCSR Student-Created Art

A CCSR student leader made these beautiful images below
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Columbus Earth Day Video

Ms. McKenzie and her Columbus Elementary School CCSR Student Leaders put together this beautiful Earth Day Video! Please take a look. Congrats to all! We are so proud of you!  
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Medford Student Selected For National Fellowship

Maria Rocha is a sophomore at Medford High School and an amazing CCSR student leader, who has been awarded a HERlead Fellowship for her project to help first generation, low-income (FGLI) high school students in professional development and the road to college by connecting them to college readiness resources and a Mentor Team composed of ...
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McGlynn Elementary School Student Testimonials

With the end of the year at hand, some CCSR students at the McGlynn Elementary school wanted to express their thoughts about the CCSR. Here are their testimonials below in text and video form.   Alyssa Kumar   Keziah Diligent https://medfordccsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/keziah_diligent_testimonial.mp4   Summer Zheng https://medfordccsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/summer_zheng_testimonial.mp4   Leonardo Hernandez https://medfordccsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/leonardo_hernandez.mp4 Dawa Lhamo https://medfordccsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/dawa_lhamo_testimonial.mp4 Georgianna Alves https://medfordccsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/georgianna_alves_testimonial.mp4 ...
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Green Medford Presentation Event

From the People Against Pollution Club of the early 1970s, to more than 30 environmental projects undertaken by students this school year, Medford High School has a proud, five-decade tradition of environmental activism. The City of Medford also has been a leader in this area over that time, creating the first municipal Climate Action Plan in ...
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CCSR Social Distance Historical Scavenger Hunt

With the remainder of the school year occurring remotely, it can be very difficult to learn, be active, and stay connected to the community. The Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility at the Andrews Middle School created this Hunt as a fun and safe way for students and families to get out of the house, ...
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Roberts Elementary Scavenger Hunt

The CCSR members and advisors at the Roberts Elementary School put together this amazing CCSR Scavenger Hunt to keep our elementary school students engaged during these difficult times. We hope you enjoy! And remember: safety is our NUMBER ONE priority. Be sure to read the directions carefully before beginning the scavenger hunt! Love, the CCSR. ...
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Video from Roberts Elementary School CCSR

https://medfordccsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/roberts.mp4
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Middle School CCSR Events

Take a look at some photos of middle school CCSR events taken a while back CCSR Bingo Night   New England Animal Shelter CCSR Group   Bracelets for Breast Cancer Group  
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Quarantine Letters of Sunshine

Watch Jackie Madigan's video on her project, Quarantine Letters of Sunshine https://medfordccsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Letters-of-Sunshine.mp4   Listen to Jackie talk about her project on an interview with Carl Stevens at WBZ Radio https://medfordccsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/medford-letters-of-hope-Jackie-Madigan-extendeddd-for-thursday-part1.mp3
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Coronavirus Act of Kindness

For her Coronavirus distance project, CCSR member Audrey Soule wanted to share a positive message with my neighbors. She designed a sign on Google Drawings that said “#six feet together” and printed out copies of this sign. She wrote a note explaining how she wanted her neighbors to display the sign in a window or ...
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CCSR April Quarantine Challenges

CCSR Daily Challenges: This is an opportunity for us to connect as a community. We’ll have some fun and show empathy during this unusual time. Complete the challenge and post to Facebook tagging @Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, twitter tagging @MedfordCCSR or Instagram tagging @medfordccsr. Email submissions to molsen@medford.k12.ma.us giving Ms. Olsen and the ...
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Inspirational Cards

Throughout their time at home, Cadyn and Lily have been creating cards to send to the residents at the Medford Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Each card contains an inspirational message or note and a drawing. The goal of this project was to make the residents smile during a hard time where they are not allowed ...
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#6FeetTogether CCSR Rocks

McGlynn Middle School 6th Grade students Mia and Lila Armit have started painting rocks with the #6FeetTogether CCSR on them. They are putting them around town to spread positivity and the sense of community during this time.
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COVID-19: Unity in Times of Adversity

A message from the CCSR to our beloved community in these uncertain times.
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CCSR Quarantine Challenges

CCSR Daily Challenges: This is an opportunity for us to connect as a community. We’ll have some fun and show empathy during this unusual time. Complete the challenge and post to Facebook tagging @Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, twitter tagging @MedfordCCSR or Instagram tagging @medfordccsr. Email submissions to molsen@medford.k12.ma.us giving Ms. Olsen and the ...
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Benches of Dugger City Council Meeting

Amishika Dhaurali and Elise Turner went to present their CCSR project, Benches of Dugger, to the City Council last night for the complete approval of a Community Preservation Act’s Small Grant Program. The City Council unanimously approved the awarding of $3,000 for the project and even suggested the possibility of bumping up the grant to ...
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Hospitality for the Homeless

On Tuesday, March 3rd, Aniya Crump, Miranda Gomes, and Christopher Hunt from the Hospitality for the Homeless Team earned 90$ during the polling at the Brooks Elementary School. The team consists of everyone listed above as well as Amine Nazih. They hope to use all the proceeds to buy necessities for a homeless shelter in Medford.
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Hospitality for the Homeless Cookies

Yesterday, Miranda Gomes, and Aniya Crump made cookies for their "Hospitality for the Homeless" Project. These two amazing CCSR student leaders made about 3-4 dozens of cookies to donate this week.
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Polystyrene Ban Petition

A great presentation was made by CCSR students Jules Franks and Ellie Hunt tonight to ban polystyrene (styrofoam) in Medford. Their proposal was positively received, and in fact, at the behest of Councillors Bears and Morell, language for a draft ordinance already has been assembled. On a 7-0 vote, the draft ordinance was referred to ...
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CCSR Winter Session

What an awesome end to our Winter Session here at CCSR! Becca Toltz, Volunteer Coordinator at Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, came in person to accept the multitudes of donations that many of our groups had spent the last several weeks hand-crafting! She was overjoyed when she saw that we had made "snuffle mats" (1st ...
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Voting Registration Drive

On February 10, the CCSR, in collaboration with the Humanities Department, hosted a voting registration drive at Medford High School.  With the help of parent Chenine Peloquin, English teacher Douglass Bowen-Flynn, and CCSR Program Coordinator, Michael Skorker, we were able to register/pre-register 123 students!  Thank you so much to everyone for making this happen, and ...
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Medford Ed Talk CCSR Interview

Below is an interview about the CCSR on a local cable TV program called Medford Ed Talk.
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Medford Arts Council Grant

This week, Isabella DeSouza, Amer Shah and Lucas Ruocco won a Medford Arts Council grant to paint a display on the Roberts Elementary School playground. Congratulations to these awesome CCSR leaders, and thank you so much to the Medford Arts Council for this opportunity.  
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Bingo Night

As members of the CCSR, a group of four girls, Nevin Mustone, Ruby Andreasen, Rory McConnell, and Hayden Winter wanted to support their two friends at the Andrews w ho suffer from Neurofibromatosis (NF). On Thursday, January 30th, the CCSR hosted a Bingo Night in the Andrews Middle School cafeteria to raise money and awareness ...
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Kitty Connection Drive

Come donate to the Kitty Connection Drive in room C201!
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CCSR Transformations Podcast

Check out an interview with CCSR Director Richard Trotta and CCSR Coordinator Michael Skorker on the Transformations Podcast: Learn more at https://www.transformationspodcast.com/
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CCSR MLK Day Celebration

Check out the MLK Day celebration the CCSR hosted below https://www.facebook.com/TheCCSR/posts/3413134802046349
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Key Club

Kiwanis/Key Club is an international student-led organization providing high school student-members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership skills. The core values of this organization are leadership, character building, caring and inclusiveness. Our objectives involve serving our school, our community and those who need our help. Some of the projects include Holiday Caroling in ...
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Medford Community Fund Grant

Thanks so much to the Medford Community Fund for providing us with a $5,000 grant, we truly appreciate your partnership and funds! The CCSR is grateful for all its providers, and it would not be possible without them.
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Martin Luther King Annual Community-Wide Celebration

https://www.facebook.com/TheCCSR/posts/3373559886003841  
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Vicki and Theodora

Sunday December 22 evening, Theodora and Vicki went to Staples and bought 75 cards with three different designs they had children from Special Townies make. They folded all the cards themselves. On Monday December 23 morning, Theodora and Vicki went to Little Sisters of the Poor during the residents’ lunchtime and interacted with them. They ...
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Krystle Campbell Run

We are so excited for this event! Our collaboration with the Krystle Campbell Community Betterment Project is very important to the CCSR, and we are honored to be able to partner with such great people and such a great organization in loving memory of Krystle Campbell. Krystle, you will always be in our hearts, and ...
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Composting in the Cafeteria

Today, four CCSR students working on the Composting in the Cafeterias Project traveled on a field trip to some of the North Andover Public Schools in order to learn from their composting practices. Seniors Audrey Soule, Rachel Klein, Cadee Stefani, and Ebyan Abshir went with Retta Smith and were given a tour of two elementary ...
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The Lookup Challenge

McGlynn Middle School Lookup Challenge Hosted by the CCSR   The CCSR is sponsored by grants from the Cummings Foundation and the Krystle Campbell Community Betterment Project. At the McGlynn Middle School, the CCSR initiated the schoolwide LookupChallenge. The challenge originated from Ms. Susan Reynold’s presentation on December 4th, “Thriving in the Age of Digital ...
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Key Club Caroling

Today the Key Club did caroling all around Medford Square! We went to Coleen’s, Carol’s, Salvatores, Real Gusto, the Medford Housing Authority, and the Chevalier Theater and spread Christmas cheer to all who could hear. We also collected donations from many generous citizens in the establishments and those donations will go towards funding our service ...
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Christmas Tree Lighting

On December 4, a group of CCSR student leaders went to Medford City Hall to volunteer at the Christmas Tree Lighting. Students helped with setting up and maintaining the different trees being raffled off throughout the night. They had a great time interacting with the children there and representing the CCSR at this charity event! ...
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Columbus CCSR Students Asking for Book & Game Donations for CCSR Collection at Medford Public Library

http://www.mpsadvantage.education/2019/11/25/columbus-ccsr-students-asking-for-book-game-donations-for-ccsr-collection-at-medford-public-library/?fbclid=IwAR3ZrKW6QbQCMhb3ns-gurFrIhrfdXYNdx7Ij0_ABEvKgYYa_L-nmccerlY
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Amanda Gorman, Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America, visits Medford Middle School students

The McGlynn Middle School and Andrews Middle School 8th grade classes were blessed to hear a presentation by the first-ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America at the McGlynn Middle School on Friday, November 15th. Amanda Gorman has been called "the next great figure of poetry in the U.S." Amanda, a current ...
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Medford High School CCSR – Veterans Day 2019

Thank you so much to Emma McGlynn for making this video!
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CCSR Presents Tour de Roberts Bike Safety Event

Check out the Bike Safety Event that Roberts CCSR student leaders planned! http://www.mpsadvantage.education/2019/11/12/ccsr-presents-tour-de-roberts-bike-safety-event/?fbclid=IwAR0NFkmfOocafEJpWdU8qdtGZkOL6RW1oVTVZlDDFNtZLNRFKGhHNobeGRM
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2019 Mustang Way Assembly

Today, many CCSR members presented our Mustang Way Assembly to the sixth graders at the McGlynn Middle School. The assembly focused on the importance of being respectful, kind, caring and empathetic. Thank you so much to all student leaders who participated, as well as to advisor Meghan Olsen who did an amazing job organizing the ...
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Why I Dropped Out Of An Ivy League College Just 3 Weeks Into Freshman Year

Please check out this article, written by former CCSR Co-President, Jenny Lu. Congratulations, Jenny! https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5db061eee4b0a7dbe8e28816  
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Bob Socci visits a CCSR Group

Bob Socci, the radio broadcaster for the New England Patriots, visited to talk to a CCSR high school group!
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Resume Building for High School Students

Read below for some resume tips below.
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Richard Blanco Visits MHS

Thank you so much to Richard Blanco for coming to Medford High School today and reading some of your beautiful poems. We are so grateful for your visit, and we know that you words will continue to inspire others for generations to come.   Read more here! http://www.mpsadvantage.education/2019/10/23/richard-blanco-latin-american-poet-speaks-at-mhs/?fbclid=IwAR2RIUpjnSIt5yJqEhuTRoaFg4HVuBk_ahztgug-jF23w9ZgnhE9SCPE00s
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First Day of High School Post-It Notes

The CCSR put positive Post-It notes on all freshman lockers today to welcome them to the high school.                    
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Kiwanis Club of Medford Donation

Thank you so much to the Kiwanis Club of Medford for their generous donation of over $1,000 to CCSR tonight! And thanks to seniors Ebyan Abshir and Emily McDaid for speaking on the CCSR’s behalf! We are so grateful for our collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Medford!
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Global Climate Strike

Many members of the CCSR attended the Global Climate Strike in Boston on September 20th. These Medford students were among the estimated nine to ten thousand in attendance. They decided to purposefully miss school to take action against one of the biggest threats to their generation. Climate Change is real and its disastrous effects are ...
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Tufts Community Day Relations

Thanks to Tufts University Community Relations for inviting us to Tuft’s Community Day! We had such a great time!
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Canning for Kiwanis of Medford

On September 21st, some CCSR members got out to help the Kiwanis Club of Medford raise money! Check out some of the posts below: The Kiwanis Club even gave us a shoutout! Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/kelly.catallo/videos/10219727659564015/  
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Tufts University Shoutout

Thank you to Tufts University Community Relations for the shout-out! Read what they had to say below.  
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CCSR Shoutout by Mayor Burke

Read Mayor Burke's comments about the CCSR and the 3D Illusion Crosswalk project in the Facebook post below: https://www.facebook.com/mayorburke/photos/a.1679190082323215/2380307058878177/?type=3&theater
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Foundation Trust Grant

  The CCSR would like to acknowledge the Foundation Trust for giving us $1,500 to be able to host LGBTQ+ trainings, hosted by PFLAG, for the faculty and staff at Medford High School and the McGlynn Middle School. Also, due to the generosity of the Foundation Trust, PFLAG will be coming to the aforementioned schools ...
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CCSR 3D Illusion Crosswalk Project Featured in Scholastic News

The 3D Illusion Crosswalk Project that has garnered national attention is now featured on the September 2, 2019 issue of the Scholastic News Edition 5/6! Subscribers can access this article by clicking on the following link: https://sn56.scholastic.com/issues/2019-20/090219.html
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Medford Slavery Memorial Project Reveal

Medford high school students Jenny Lu and Joe Schmidt and Brooks elementary school students Liam Brady and Jasmine Hagbourne stand next to the Medford Slavery Memorial in Salem Street Burying Ground. Photo credit to Erin Clark for WBUR   On Saturday, June 8th, 2019, CCSR students Jenny Lu, Joseph Schmidt, Jasmine Hagbourne, and Liam Brady unveiled the ...
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3D Crosswalk Project Featured in News

The 3D Crosswalk Project started by Brooks CCSR students Eric and Isa has gained a lot of attention as the crosswalk was finished in April, 2019. There are multiple news articles on the crosswalks: https://patch.com/massachusetts/medford/3-d-crosswalk-installed-outside-medford-school https://boston.curbed.com/2019/4/23/18512272/medford-3d-crosswalks https://whdh.com/news/medford-elementary-school-students-see-3d-crosswalk-plan-come-to-life/   And there is a NowThis video about the crosswalk: Your browser does not support the video tag. ...
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Stone Zoo Donations

This group of 4th and 5th-grade CCSR students wanted to do something to help endangered animals, and after some internet research, they found out that the Franklin Park Zoo and the Stone Zoo collect used cell phones to save gorilla habitats. To start, they printed up some coloring pages of gorillas for younger students to ...
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The Mustang Way Assembly

The CCSR recently held their first annual Mustang Way Assembly on February 13th at the McGlynn Middle School and on March 6th at the Andrews Middle School. Facilitated by Michael Skorker, the CCSR Director, with the help of McGlynn Middle School's CCSR Advisor Meghan Olsen and the Andrews Middle School's CCSR Advisor Ms. Pourali-Bacon, the assembly ...
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Reports on Social-Emotional Learning and Self-Esteem in the Classroom

The following are reports written by a Medford Public Schools staff member on the effect of Mirror Neurons on Social-Emotional Learning and the Importance of Self-Esteem:   Mirror Neurons & SEL-3 Self-Esteem in the Classroom
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Plastic Bag Ordinance Update: Victory!

Last year, Medford's city council unanimously supported a motion to draft a plastic bag ordinance started by Rubia Fernandes. Fernandes started an online petition in her junior year, which has amassed over 600 supporters After a year of working on this project, the ordinance has made significant progress, getting an official signature from Mayor Stephanie Muccini ...
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CCSR Eighth Grade Open House

Last night MHS/MVTHS hosted its annual Eight Grade Open House Night at which the CCSR participated in as one of the stops along the tour. It was a pleasure speaking to future MHS/MVTHS students and parents about we do to make the world a better place. We can't wait to do it again!   var ...
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ELL Giveback Project wins KIND Schools Challenge

  CBS Article: https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/n/students-surprised-with-national-award-for-helping-others-navigate-school/vp-AAyz3rj
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2018 CCSR Student Fair

http://medford.wickedlocal.com/news/20180510/student-fair-showcases-growth-of-social-responsibility-group-in-medford
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CCSR School Committee Meeting

http://medford.wickedlocal.com/news/20171221/school-lunch-policy-district-initiatives-reviewed-at-final-school-committee-meeting
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Bates Insurance Sponsors CCSR T-Shirts

All the staff and student leaders at the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility at Medford High School would like to thank Andrea Bates at Bates Insurance for her generous donation of $700.00 for the purchase of T-Shirts! It is people like her that serve as positive role models for our youth. Once again, thank ...
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Channel 5 Awards A+ to CCSR

http://www.mpsadvantage.education/2017/10/27/channel-5-awards-a-to-center-for-citizenship-social-responsibility/  
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CCSR Awarded 100K Grant

http://www.mpsadvantage.education/2017/06/06/center-for-citizenship-social-responsibility-awarded-cummings-100-grant/  
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CCSR Welcomes State Treasurer Deb Goldberg

https://bostonnewsgroup.com/2016/03/20/medford-public-schools-center-for-citizenship-and-social-responsibility-welcomes-state-treasurer-deb-goldberg/      
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