Medford School Volunteers is proud to announce that the Teacher Resource Room has won a special award from the City of Medford. During the first annual Medford Green Awards, a special "Emerald Award" was given to the Teacher Resource Room. The Emerald Award "is for an organization or person whose actions are environmentally friendly and help conserve energy or resources for the community at large."
Although the main purpose of the room is to support elementary classroom teachers in Medford Public Schools, the efforts of collecting these materials also is helping the environment by reusing materials that might otherwise be thrown away.
Thanks go to all of the volunteers who help to pick up and organize resources; the businesses and individual community members who donate items. And thanks to Medford Public Schools for supporting the concept and partnering with Medford School Volunteers to facilitate the program.
The Teacher Resource Room opened last year and is available to Kindergarten to 5th grade classroom teachers to "shop" for free materials for their classrooms. These materials include: office supplies; art supplies; games; puzzles; paper products (posterboard, construction paper, cardboard, tubes, etc.); and a wide variety of other items.
All items in the room are found via Freecycle or via businesses or community members who make a donation of materials to the room. For example, when an business moves, often times they have letterhead and envelopes they no longer need. Or they may have binders that are no longer in use but are still clean and in good condition. These are all items which can be used by classroom teachers.
For more details on this year's Green Awards, you can look here:
City of Medford website
Diane Caldwell, Assistant Superintendent and Director of Elementary Education, and Charlotte Swartz, Program Coordinator for 2nd Grade Math Tutor Program, hand out certificates to volunteer tutors.
Cullen Flynn, volunteer tutor and recent Medford High School graduate, receives his certificate of thanks from Diane Caldwell.
Cynthia Ezeani, Columbus Site Coordinator for 2nd Grade Math Tutor Program, and Divya Sharma, volunteer tutor and Medford High School Student at the 2nd Grade Math Tutor Program Recognition Event.
Cullen Flynn, volunteer tutor, and Sharon Guzik, organizing committee member of Medford School Volunteers, discuss tutoring at 2nd Grade Math Tutor Recognition event.
Medford School Volunteers recognized community volunteers for their year-long contribution to tutoring in the 2nd Grade Math Tutor program in Medford Public Schools at a tutor recognition event held on April 23rd. At the evening, volunteers were recognized for their contribution to Medford Public Schools and their commitment to the student whom they tutored this year.
Over 20 volunteers provided year-long, one-on-one tutoring to 2nd graders in three Medford Elementary Schools and in-class tutoring to small groups. The program, modeled after a similar program in Cambridge, seeks to build both math skills and confidence around math for second graders.
The 2nd Grade Math Tutor program is currently at three elementary schools and with enough volunteers would like to expand to all four Medford elementary schools. Volunteer tutors come from the Medford community and include high school students, Tufts students, retired and working members of Medford.
The program is a part of Medford School Volunteers. Medford School Volunteers is a community-based group working to connect community resources to Medford Public Schools.