Four Winds School is committed to teaching social justice and community service. Sometimes this includes small projects like writing letters to senators or making protest signs about a topic the students feel is important. Sometimes we take on bigger projects to help our community. Read on to learn about some of the projects we’ve tackled in the past!
Indigenous People’s Day, 2019: Walk-a-thon to Support the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Our Indigenous People’s Day Walk-a-thon fundraising event was a student-initiated fundraiser to help benefit Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The Mashpee Wampanoag are direct descendants of the first Native Americans that the European colonists interacted with upon their Massachusetts arrival in the 1620s, which we studied in humanities class the previous year. Through the their fundraising efforts, students raised $2800 to donate to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe!
” Kutâputunumuw (Thank you all) Four Winds School!! We are so Humbled…this is an unbelievably kind and generous gesture!”
2019 Green River Clean Up
In September 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! THANK YOU!”
2018 Literacy Project Clean Up
In 2018 we took a field trip to The Literacy Project in Greenfield. 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.”
Examples of other past community service projects:
- 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.