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Gratitude & National Volunteer Week

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Today is the middle of “National Volunteer Week,” but here in Cambridge, we like to think it lasts year-round. We do pause in the spring, every year for the last twenty-five years, to spend an afternoon thanking the tutors, mentors, Reading Buddies, NetPals, and KeyPals who work with students in the Cambridge public schools. Without your willing hearts and your dedication, week in and week out, the lives of students our schools would be greatly diminished. We believe that in the end, what makes a difference for students is the connection with another human being that they make through learning. With your consistency, students see that a caring, competent adult believes in their potential. With your patience, they learn that they can make mistakes and grow. With your example, students learn to consider new ideas and habits of mind. So because you have given so much, we would like to give back a resounding thank you. Please let us tell you “thank you”, on behalf of the students of this city.

You are invited

Mayor David Maher and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeffrey Young invite you to our Volunteer Recognition Event and the 25th Annual Mack I. Davis II Awards, hosted by the Harvard University Office of Government, Community, and Public Affairs. This year, we have a lot to celebrate. Novartis has mentored middle school students in science for ten years, first at Cambridgeport and now at Cambridge Street Upper School. We will honor some exceptional volunteers for their commitment and dedication with longevity awards and our Mack I. Davis II Award. We will also give the 2015 Kenneth S. Neal Award, which honors an educator, to Jay Mahoney of Rindge Avenue Upper Campus, for his extraordinary commitment to the NetPals program and to STEM mentoring. Light refreshments will be served. Click the green button below to register.