A group of RES CCSR members wanted to help the homeless and less fortunate in our community. They decided to team up with Boston-based Cradles to Crayons to support families with small children. They held a baby drive in which they collected many helpful supplies for families in need. Diapers, baby wipes, clothes, blankets, toys, and books were donated by the Roberts community.
A group of CCSR members partnered with Operation Gratitude to collect “unwanted” or “extra” Halloween candy. Operation Gratitude creates care packages to US soldiers serving overseas. They include candy in every package. The students created a flyer and posters to help spread the word about their project. The response to the candy collection was overwhelming. Several hundred pounds of candy was collected. Two local dentists received the candy and shipped it to Operation Gratitude.
A group of CCSR members were concerned about the increase in fires this year in the Amazon Rainforest. They researched facts about the rainforest and decided to hold a fundraiser to raise money for new trees to be planted. The boys partnered with the PTO at set up a table at Movie Night. They sold coloring sheets with various rainforest animals on them. People purchased a sheet, colored it and then hung it up on a large poster. The students raised $130 for the Amazon.
These CCSR members wanted to create a beautiful piece of artwork to donate to a senior community. They cut paper and drew hearts using bright colors in order to form this collage. The students also got other CCSR members involved by encouraging everyone to add their own colorful heart. They then organized the hearts and found a thoughtful quote to add to the corner of the artwork. The quote says, “No beauty shines brighter than that of a great heart!” This framed artwork was donated to the Courtyard Nursing Home in Medford, MA. The CCSR members delivered the artwork themselves.
A group of third grade CCSR members at the Roberts wanted to raise awareness about bike safety in Medford. They also wanted to raise money to help with the relief efforts in rebuilding the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian this past September. They combined these ideas to create the “Tour de Roberts.” The boys created a flyer and several posters to spread the word throughout the community about this event. They made a special announcement on the loudspeaker to invite the school to come and participate in the tour. The Medford Police Department stopped by to discuss bike safety. JRA Cycles bike shop (Salem St.) supported the event by providing a technician to check bikes and helmets and also provided an awesome raffle prize. This event was held on Veteran’s Day at the Roberts School. The students created an obstacle course as well as sold raffles at the event. It was a great success! Not only did everyone have fun practicing bike safety, but the students raised $132 for the Bahamas.
CCSR members thought of ways to be kind to each other throughout the day and distributed these ideas throughout the school. They also gave teachers and students links to write their acts of kindness. Once stapled, the links have almost reached all around the Roberts cafeteria! In addition, they painted a sign that says, “Be the I in KIND,” for students to be photographed in front of and shared on social media to spread the message of kindness.
A group of CCSR students wanted to spread helpful information about the harmful use of plastics in our society. They researched the harmful effects of plastic on the environment and also how to reduce use of single-use plastics. They created an informational poster for the school community. They hung the poster in the library for all to read and learn from.
A group of CCSR members worked together to craft creative holiday cards to bring cheer to US veterans. The students designed cards and then wrote thoughtful messages to show gratitude to veterans during the holiday season. These cards were delivered to the Medford Veterans Services and will be distributed to veterans through this organization.