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Give the gift of reading
This year when your shopping for gifts, include a book. The adventures found in books help students gain confidence, build reading proficiency, and grow personally and academically...Learn more
It doesn't have to be just during the holidays
It is the time of year that many people and organizations go into their communities and do something extra. This is great and we are proud of everyone who does. If you are able to, why not continue giving back to your community throughout the year? One of Watson's teachers volunteers at a local foodbank throughout the year. Ms. Cruz, Interventionist, volunteers with the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, throughout the year. There are many more examples at Watson MST of how we give back to the community that gives so much to us. If you want to give back and don't know how a good place to start is the Volunteer Center of North Texas.
Fourth Graders making a difference
“How can I make a positive contribution to my community?” is what the fourth grade asked themselves. They decided that their goal was for each group of students to purchase a toy for the Toys for Tots drive at Firewheel Mall on December 8.
In order to achieve that goal, students learned about the Toys for Tots program, set a financial goal, worked to earn money to contribute to the goal, chose the gift to purchase, and recruited parents and community members to help purchase and deliver the gifts. The students also learned about personal finance and budgeting, adding and subtracting decimals, expository writing, truth in advertisement, citizenship, and public speaking.
One fourth grader said, “My team and I worked on a project to raise money to help Toys for Tots. I am so happy I am going to help needy children. Through this project we learned how to plan an organize an event, work as a team to achieve a goal and most importantly how to show compassion.”
Thank you 4th grade teachers and students for showing us the true meaning of the Holidays. Here is a slideshow of their project.
Coach Frith's devotion to our four legged friends
This month we are recognizing members of our Watson staff who are giving their own time to our community. Mrs. Mary Frith, our gym teacher has fostered dogs with Operation Kindness (OPK) for 8 years and is currently an ambassador for the organization. Here is what Mrs. Frith had to say about OPK:
“I was inspired to get involved with OPK because I love dogs and I wanted to do more in my life. I have always loved animals. They have unconditional love. Why, I do it is simple! It is the right thing to do. I foster dogs, puppies, and the occasional bottle fed kitten. I have socialized, cared for pregnant dogs, long fostered for unadoptable dogs, given medicine to sick dogs, healed dogs with broken legs, and cared for puppies too young to be adopted. I also volunteer in the Intake Department on Sundays to help with animals that are stray, surrendered, and returned from fostering. They are entered into the system and found a safe, clean kennel to stay in until they can go up for adoption. I also go to the social functions and trainings for fosterers and talk to others to help them understand a fosterer’s responsibilities. In addition, every February we do our Community Service Project for OPK at Watson MST. The students bring anything from newspapers to trash bags and kitty litter, treats, toys and peanut butter for the animals.”
Mrs. Frith wishes to leave a legacy of service to her own children and to serve as a role model to her students, as she teaches all of us about caring for others. She hopes that her example stays with her children and students so that they may one day carry on her work. For more information on how you can become involved visit Operation Kindness. For adorable pictures of many of the dogs Coach Frith has fostered see here.
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Ms. Todd's Class teams up with Josh Groban
Last year Ms. Todd's class raised money for the Find Your Light Foundation, Josh Groban's foundation. Find Your Light's mission is to enrich the lives of young people through arts, education, and cultural awareness. Ms. Todd's class raised $1,000 by selling cookies for quarters at all the musical events at Watson. They donated the money to the foundation and it was used to help fund a project for students in Los Angeles.
As a thank you Mr. Groban paid for a pizza party for the class and sent the class a video message. You can watch Josh's message here. Ms. Todd's class raised the money and had no idea that a year later they would be personally thanked by Mr. Groban. The selflessness exhibited by this class is an example for all of us. Read the story behind the project, written by Ms. Todd.
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