Four Winds School is committed to various service and social justice projects which benefit both our local, state, national, and global community. Every year students write letters to their representatives about injustices they notice in their world, spread the word about petitions, protest with signs in town or on the side of Rt. 2, raise money for those in need, and/or get their hands dirty cleaning up their community. Stay up-to-date about our social justice initiatives by reading the Weekly Update Blog Post, and keep scrolling to learn about some of the community service projects we’ve done in recent years.
Indigenous People’s Day, 2019: Walk-a-thon to Support the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
After a half day of classes in the morning of October 14th, 2019, Four Winds School hosted our first ever Walk-a-thon fundraising event from 1:30 to 5:30pm. This event was a student-initiated fundraiser to help benefit Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, who are the descendants of the first Native Americans that the Pilgrims interacted with upon their arrival in the 1620s, and were our topic of study in humanities class the previous year.
Through the their fundraising efforts, students were able to raise $2800 to donate to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe! Additionally, Four Winds students caught the attention of reporters from The Mashpee Enterprise, who conducted an extensive interview with one of our students, as well as The Greenfield Recorder. Click the links below to learn more about this successful and fun event!
” Kutâputunumuw (Thank you all) Four Winds School!! We are so Humbled…this is an unbelievably kind and generous gesture!”
Update, Spring 2020: Click here to sign a petition in support of saving the Mashpee Wampanoag homelands!
September 28th, 2019: Green River Clean Up
On September 28th, 2019, Four Winds School students, teachers, parents, and board members joined thousands of volunteers to help clean up the Connecticut River watershed. We were stationed at a small brook behind the Newton School in Greenfield, and had a blast removing a LOT of trash form the river.
“The 23rd annual Source to Sea Cleanup on September 27 & 28, 2019 was a wonderful success!
Early estimates show nearly 3,500 volunteers in more than 125 cleanup groups joined the 23rd annual Source to Sea Cleanup, making this our biggest year ever! Groups covered nearly the entire length of the Connecticut River from near the Canadian border down to the mouth of the river near Long Island Sound and included many tributaries along the way.
Your hard work removes some amazing junk from our rivers. Plastic (bottles, bags, styrofoam) and tires are always the most commonly found items. Yet, volunteers use human power and sometimes heavy equipment to pull out everything from recyclables, fishing equipment and food waste to mattresses, televisions and refrigerators. You can read about all the wonderful accomplishments, the list of groups that participated, the tally of trash pulled from the river, and unusual items found in the 2019 Cleanup Chronicle.
The water is cleaner, river banks are safer and the wildlife are happier thanks to the generous efforts of the sponsors, businesses, watershed organizations, Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops, school groups, municipalities, and community members who make the event possible. THANK YOU!”
Fall 2018: Literacy Project Clean Up
Field trips are a big part of our life at Four Winds School, and at least one of our field trips every year is for a community service project. Our field trip on November 30th, 2018 was a volunteer/service trip to The Literacy Project in Greendield. The kids helped do a deep clean of the whole building!
“We were thrilled to have you all visit us! You worked so hard to make the place shine.”
Projects from previous years
Many pictures, dates, details of specific events have been lost to memory. Therefore, the following list of service projects is incomplete, but should at least give a sense of what our students have historically done for their community.
- Baking: We baked bread for and served food at the Stone Soup Cafe, a pay-what-you-can gourmet hot luncheon served by volunteers every Saturday afternoon in the All Souls Church in downtown Greenfield.
- Trash Pick Up: Four Winds School teachers and students have picked up trash in our community on nearly an annual basis. (Often followed by ice cream and swimming!) Unfortunately, Spring 2020’s clean up event was cancelled due to COVID19.
- Cleaning and Moving: We cleaned the Literacy Project on another occasion, and helped them move offices in Northampton years ago.
- Solar Panels: We put together solar panel kits for the New England Sustainable Energy Association.
Interested in having Four Winds School help with your community service project? Let us know what you have in mind!