Warm Friendships in the “Warming Room” at the Rink

The third season of sled hockey wrapped up on Sunday March 3rd at Bliss Omni Rink.
Following practice and a spirited scrimmage the group met in the warming room to thank Mason Pulde (N’13) for introducing the UNH Northeast Passage Youth Development Sled Hockey program to Nobles. Looking forward to next year!

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“The Afterglow of Community Service Lasts a Long Time”

"Making lunch is awesome!"

“Making lunch is awesome!”

Many of us missed the “real time” inauguration of President Obama yesterday on Martin Luther King Holiday. (Service Director Linda Hurley was in attendance!)  But no one around me seemed to feel we were not involved in it. After all, Nobles families and students were 200 strong actually DOING the service Dr. King set before America as a lodestar experience. Chris Reynolds, graduate, made a Friday trip to Polartec in Lawrence MA to pick up the donation of 500 yards of warm fleece he had requested to work with on the Day of Service. “I always feel good after a day like this, he remarked. “The afterglow of community service lasts a long time.”

“This has become such a highlight for me” said Allison Matlack.  “I always enjoy the chance to work with Nobles students and their parents and appreciate all that you do behind the scenes to make it so easy for me to do the fun part – the actual volunteering!!” The Morrison Athletic Center was loaded with contents of a huge white storage unit that had been collecting toys, clothing, and books for two weeks prior to the all day service event for our partners “Cradles to Crayons.” Lead by Cindy Trull, families, and winter coaches and athletic teams cleaned and

MLK Day at Senior Living at Bellingham Hill

MLK Day at Senior Living at Bellingham Hill

sorted all the items for quality before packing them back up carefully to get to the warehouse for distribution. “Every single one of them, and all of the coaches as well, threw themselves into the work with great enthusiasm and terrific attitudes.  Watching the wrestlers cleaning off the toys, the hockey players sprawled on the floor tying knots in the blankets and the girls’ basketball players singing, chatting and displaying great warmth and cheer was truly heartwarming” Trull remarked.

At Allston-Brighton Community Supper, Nobles volunteers made a roasted chicken dinner for eighty homeless people, and enjoyed our day chatting as we chopped vegetables and fruit. Jenny Carlson’s group went to the Epiphany School where scrubbing and cleaning elicited this remark from Lorena Lopera, “I walked into the school this morning after being away for 10 days and I can say that there is noticeable difference. The school looks WONDERFUL!” At Senior Living at Bellingham Hill, Cindy Jaczko and volunteers made crafts, played bingo, and served wonderful treats to the elderly residents. Ross Blacker, an administrator there said “Nobles’ Day of Caring could not have gone any better, it truly exceeded our expectations and our tenants will be talking about all the great stuff they did for months.  This is truly a credit not only to the community service aspect of the school’s mission but the energy, enthusiasm, generosity and creativity of the group.  I literally didn’t see anyone checking their phone or appearing to be bored, all of the adults and children were 110 percent engaged for the duration of the day, something that we are so very appreciative of.”

Aimee Southworth organized a painting crew aided by children from the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester. The bright colors the children chose will warm their walls in the winter months to come. Mary Keally reprised a yearly visit with Nobles folks to the Quincy Crisis Center where organizing the basement, sorting food, and delivering groceries to shut-ins taught youngsters how much they can be of use to those who are ill and cannot leave their homes. Father Bill’s Shelter again hosted Thomas Forteith and volunteers who made and served lunch for the homeless. And Kelsey Grousbeck presided over the making of no-sew fleece blankets for the Long Island Shelter in the Boston harbor, and torn paper art to decorate the therapy room walls of the Home for Little Wanderers. Vidya Kagan took her group to Hearth, Inc. and prepared a spaghetti lunch for the formerly homeless residents at their new apartment complex. All involved loved coming down to the bright new dining area where Nobles people shared lunch and the talk of the day, which was often about the inauguration on television. President Obama spoke about the American people and the impetus to reach out to each other. It felt good to be doing just that on a day so historic. The MLK Day of Service is a wonderful tradition and one we plan to continue for years to come.

Sandi MacQuinn, Director of Community Service

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Teddy Bear Club Cheers Children in the Hospital

The following note just came in the mail from Children’s Hospital:
Dear Students of Noble and Greenough School,
Thank you so much for your wonderful and thoughtful donation of 300 Teddy bears! Every child who received a bear on Christmas eve was absolutely delighted! The bears brought smiles and comfort to all the children. The Child Life Services Department of Children’s Hospital Boston would like to send you a special thank you for your recent contribution that will help male a child’s stay with us brighter. We appreciate your support.
Warm wishes fro a happy and healthy 2013.
The Child Life Department

Congratulations to Kurt Gulezian (Class of 2014 and Haley Edgerley (Class of 2015) and all the members of the Teddy Bear Club. Who would have suspected this great event could be sponsored by one gigantic bake sale?

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Happy Holidays From Nobles Families to Agencies in Boston

IMG_0490Holiday songs brighten the season at the Pine Street Inn.

What do 300 Teddy Bears, 60 blankets, 200 coats, 6 boxes of supplies, 75 snowflake gifts, 60 ceramic plates, 10 songs, 65 scarves, and lots of holiday cookies have in common?  They all represent gestures made by the Nobles Community in the last few weeks of 2012. The Teddy Bear Club held a fundraiser and purchased and delivered 300 bears on Friday to Boston Children’s Hospital for young patients. The 60 blankets were made at school and delivered to New York City for victims of Hurricane Sandy. The 200 coats were collected by the football team and community service board and delivered to Cradles to Crayons and St. Francis Shelter for those in need of warmth. The supply boxes were inspired by the Young Republicans and sent to the  men and women serving and stationed in the Armed Forces in Afghanistan. The 75 snowflakes represent Christmas wishes for children served by the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester and the Department of Children and Families. The songs were sung by the Nobleonians at a Company Christmas at the Pops Concert for underserved kids. The plates were made in Afternoon Program Ceramics, packed with treats and delivered to Hearth, Inc. an organization dedicated to ending senior homelessness in Massachusetts. The scarves and cookies were made with homeless women at the Pine Street Inn at a Christmas sing-a-long held at the Inn last Saturday. Meanwhile, even after the winter break began, Nobles faculty and students visited the Home for Little Wanderers Toy Room at Legacy Place to wrap the gifts for thousands of children in the Boston area.  Thank you to the many student groups that rallied the community around the needs of others during the holiday season. Thanks to all for sharing their strengths. Wishing you a season shared with family and friends and a Happy, Healthy 2013!  Linda Hurley and Sandi MacQuinnIMG_0329iPhone Image F7DEA2

Afternoon Program Art and Service students make ceramic plates for residents of Hearth, Inc. 

 

 

 

Children loved their toys donated by Nobles families.

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New Initiatives Energize Season of Thanksgiving

In the spirit of “always getting better” that Nobles espouses for all school programs, two new service initiatives stand out. You might have already noted the Graduates Council collaboration with “Meals of Hope,” which packaged ten thousand meals on the Milton/Nobles weekend. It was so great to see an intergenerational event like this when grads are already on campus to support their favorite Dawg team. We loved seeing familiar faces of current students, alums (and their cute kids!) working side by side for the public good.

Another recent inaugural event began a new tradition for the Squash team. In concert with “Squashbusters” three Nobles players served at the Boston Food Bank in the morning of Saturday November 17, and then hit the courts to play a round robin contest together with 6 other independent schools from the Boston area. Representing Nobles were Sarah Riley ’13, Ryan Smith ’14, and Stephen Monrad ’15. The group can lay claim to having prepared 6000 pounds of food for shipment to local families.
These initiatives went so well both groups are already talking about making them annual events. Congratulations to both groups for adding major service projects to their already packed schedules. Time is a treasured commodity. The time given to those who need you is one of the reasons we are indeed “getting better all the time.”

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First response to Hurricane Sandy….One of Many to Come

 

Between classes, after school when it snowed, during study halls and lunches, and crowded around tables during Friday’s X block, students cut fleece and braided edges to turn donated fabric into warm blankets to send to New York and New Jersey. This early shipment is being driven to Hurrican ravaged coastal towns by a friend of the Muggia family. More efforts will emerge as students and the Community Service Dept. collaborate on how best to help.

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Hurricane Sandy Relief Energizes Nobles

It’s hard not to feel helpless watching those floods engulf our neighbors and friends on the east coast–harder still to know what to do. Fortunately, Nobles students (thanks Nick Samel) and parent friends (thanks Kennie Grogan) are action oriented and urgent about responding. Graduate Chris Reynolds is procuring bolts of fleece from Polartec. And in the next few days, we are having a BLANKET MAKING MARATHON to send this Friday afternoon with a friend of student Caroline Muggia’s who is going to New York with more supplies. We hope to make a huge pile of fleece blankets–some to go now, some to give to graduate Misha Kaufman on November 24 when he comes to pick them up and return to New York. What can you do? Drop off a pair of sharp scissors, buy some hand warmers or gloves and leave them at the front desk, or donate a small LED flashlight to go along with the blankets. We do not have to merely feel sad for our countrymen. We can help!

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Bunny Run a Hopping Success

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“10 bunnies, 10 miles: the bunnies propelled the Nobles Boys Cross Country Team through Dedham, bringing us together as a group and giving us a wonderful view of the town to benefit the Haiti Project.”  (Coaches David Ulrich, Bob Kern, and Kate Blake)

 

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“It’s Just Something in the Water, I Guess”

Each week I type up the list of service initiatives and projects that I know are going on for the coming 7 days. I send it down to the admission office so that prospective families, should they be interested, can see the types of commitments Nobles is pursuing currently. Each time I do, I notice that throughout the whole community from graduates to “sixies” a wealth of interesting engagement with the world is going on. From time to time, I am going to list them here. I am constantly surprised by the number and variety of ways that we are learning about the world around us: its complexity, its richness, and its multifaceted access points for connection. Look at what different people at Nobles are doing just this week:

Service for the Week of October 22-26

Afternoon Program
Riverdale Buddies
Cook’s Afterschool Program at Needham Housing Authority
Martha Jones School Afterschool Program
Community Servings
Oakdale School Homework Club

Student/X block Organization Initiatives
Human Rights Club Bakesale for “Karuna-Shechen” to benefit women and children of the Himalayas.
Guest speaker:  in Asian Cultural Club about women in Nepal
Young Democrats Club: collecting SAT/ACT prep books for high schoolers who need them
Academic Initiatives
Sages and Seekers: elder group visits with Expository Writing Class
Kenyan Project in Class IV English: making learning posters for Kenyan Schoolchildren

Service Programs
Achieve tutoring this Saturday for Boston Middle School children

In the planning stages:
Graduate Council planning for packaging 10,000 meals for food banks and shelters at the   Milton Games in November
Holiday projects to benefit Boys and Girls Club, Single Parent Family Outreach and Department of Children and Families.

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From Bunny to Bunny to Benefit Haiti: Cross Country Team Raises Funds and Awareness

You have been noticing those great Dedham Bunnies, haven’t you? They crouch happily all over town sponsored by the Dedham Artists Guild as a fundrasier for art in the public arena.  They are now becoming the destination point for Nobles Cross Country Boys runners and coaches David Ulrich and Kate Blake. On Wednesday, October 17, instead of afternoon practice as usual, the team will head out with pledges in hand to run a course from bunny to bunny–stopping by the Dedham Farmer’s Market at the end of the half marathon long course. All proceeds will benefit Louverture Cleary School/The Haitian Project ( http://www.haitianproject.org) which has been a longtime service partner. Their mission: educate and nurture academically talented and motivated students from Haitian families who cannot afford the cost of their children’s education in order to maximize their potential and enable them to work toward building a Haiti where justice and peace thrive.” “There will be photo opportunities at every bunny along the way” says Ulrich. ” Look for very fleet footed runners wearing bunny ears.” To locate the bunnies yourself, go tohttp://www.everytrail.com/guide/dedham-public-art-project.

 

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