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Christmas giving, News, School Happenings

Beginnings Families Share the Holiday Spirit of Giving

Elizabeth Wilcox

Families from Beginnings School and Child Development Center participated in the annual “Christmas in the City” holiday gift drive.

Each year, Christmas in the City organizes a holiday celebration for thousands of Boston-area kids and their families who are experiencing homelessness and the stress of poverty. Beginnings families identified items on the non-profit’s and children’s individual wish lists to donate through the Beginnings family collection.

Fifty-three gifts were collected.

“It was a great success,” says Linda Lee, Assistant Director of Education at Beginnings School and Child Development Center. “Families from so many of the classrooms participated.”

Christmas in the City shared the donations at their Winter Wonderland Extravaganza during which each participating child received an item from their personal wish list.

The event, which took place on December 16th at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, featured a banquet, games, rides, a petting zoo, and a visit with Santa. The event also offered health and dental screenings, flu shots, and haircuts.

“We are so grateful for all the fantastic contributions from Beginnings children and their families. Our boxes of donations were overflowing. Thank you, Beginnings families, for embracing this initiative and for being such wonderful members of our community. Happy holidays!”

outreach, News, School Happenings

Red Nose Day Fun-Raiser at Beginnings

Elizabeth Wilcox

Beginnings children recently provided more than their two cents in worldwide efforts to help children who need it most.

The “Spark Room" purchased red noses for children to wear and bring home as part of the “Fun-Raiser” to provide children-in-need with basic necessities, such as meals, medicine, shelter, books, and glasses.

"Red Nose Day is in line with our overall philosophy at Beginnings and our social and emotional learning approach called ECSEL (Emotional, Cognitive, Social Early Learning). From day one, we strive to teach children to be empathetic and to understand the needs of others. We also stress the importance of community, both within our school and outside it,” said Spark Room teacher Linda Lee.

The children discussed basic needs that people have and how the purchase of those plastic noses helped in raising money to meet these basic needs. The children wore their red plastic noses with great delight in the classroom before bringing them home at the end of the day.

Red Nose Day is one of a number of outreach initiatives at Beginnings, a school for children aged three months to six years that enhances emotional and cognitive development through play, relationships, and hands-on, in-the-moment, learning.

Other recent initiatives at the school include Cradles-to-Crayon collections, supplies drives for food pantries and shelters, and holiday gift-giving initiatives.

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