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8th Grade Students at Neighborhood House

8th Grade Students at Neighborhood House
8th Grade Students at Neighborhood House
Cora Meader Thomases

The art of giving to one's community is a nuanced art form supported by research, hard work, and planning. Giving well from the perspective of what is needed and wanted, project planning, and personal preparation are only some of the steps delineated by the IB Middle Years Design Cycle – the guiding model of 8th grade Community Project student initiatives.

This past week, 8th graders Ashley Chen and Nala Davis read to preschool and kindergarten students at Morristown Neighborhood House* and donated books to their classrooms. This is the first of three visits to this valuable and vital community resource and represents months of reflection, research, a tour of Neighborhood House, planning and design, writing, and communications. Ashley and Nala also collected the books to be read and donated.

8th grader Elan Lakes is also collecting for Morristown Neighborhood House. His focus is small handheld musical instruments. Please drop off new or gently used instruments such as, maracas, musical triangles, egg shakers, bells, and wooden guiros and claves with Patty at Cutler or Karen at Speedwell.

Other community project donation initiatives include the following. Please contact Cora Meader-Thomases at

  • Girls giving Girls a Lift (Lena Dreskin) – bra donations
  • The Nigerian Dream (Nico Bickel & Mikey Kopeld) – soccer equipment donations
  • School supplies for the Sacred Heart School in Petit-Goâve, Haiti (Malcolm Daleus & Fiona Macdonald)

*See what's happening at Morristown Neighborhood House on their Facebook page at

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