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Sending Their Thanks: Students Particpate in Holiday Mail for Heroes Program

All across campus, groups of students were busy Wednesday morning signing cards to people they did not know. “Happy Holidays,” they wrote, “Thank you for keeping us safe. Thank you for your service.”

Before turning to topics such as exams and the upcoming holiday break, students took a few minutes during advisor meetings to remember members of the military and write them messages of thanks.

The cards were part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes Program, an annual event organized by the American Red Cross. Collected between October and December, the cards are eventually distributed to military installations and veterans hospitals, according to the Red Cross website.

This is the second time Williston Northampton has participated in the program. Last year, during an effort coordinated by Maddy Stern ’14 and Ben Wheeler ’14, students signed roughly 300 holiday cards for service members. This year, Stern and the junior class officers once again spearheaded the effort.

“I believe this program is important to participate in throughout the entire year but especially surrounding the holiday season,” Stern wrote in an email. “It is important for the Williston Community to remember that this isn’t only the brief three weeks before winter break, but also the time of the year meant for reflection and contribution to others.”

Stern said that she was anticipating sending around 150 cards to soldiers stationed overseas this year.

“Hopefully, by exchanging a fraction of our day to write a small note to a soldier, Williston students can not only help brighten the soldier’s day, but gain a sense of perspective and selflessness, which this busy season is truly about,” she wrote.

In his advisor meeting with Associate Director of Admission Derek Cunha, senior Thomas Walsh was wishing military personnel a “safe and happy holiday season,” he said.

Down the hall, Julia Krupp ’15 was also writing out a holiday card, while others in her advisor group decorated their messages with stars.

“Thank you so much for all you do. You’re amazing and a total hero,” Krupp said, reading aloud what she had written. “Sorry you cannot be with your family during the season, but I’m sure they are so proud.”

Planning Ahead: Williston to Host Summer Opportunities Fair

The eighth annual Pioneer Valley Summer Opportunities Fair, an informational fair intended for families with children entering kindergarten through high school, will take place in the Reed Campus Center of The Williston Northampton School, 40 Park Street, Easthampton. The event will take place on Sunday, February 26 from noon until 3:00 p.m. Admission is free.

This exceptional fair showcases a wide range of programs focusing on academic enrichment, outdoor adventure, international home-stay, travel, internships, community service, camps, arts, sports and more for elementary, middle school and high school students. Representatives of local, national, and international summer programs will be available to talk with interested students and their families.

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Morehouse’s Duane Jackson to Speak at MLK, Jr. Assembly

The Williston Northampton School is pleased to welcome this year’s guest speaker for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly, Duane Jackson, Ph.D.

Dr. Jackson is a professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the chair of the Psychology Department, a member of the Executive Board of Zoo Atlanta, Deacon of Ebenezer Baptist Church (frequently associated with Dr. King), has served in military intelligence, and is a passionate zoologist with a focus in entomology and ethology.

He has a deep connection with Dr. King, who was his mentor and family friend. Dr. Jackson is going to speak about what life was like as a teen during the Civil Rights movement and how Dr. King affected his life.

Pat Bock Exhibits “Paper Thoughts” at Williston’s Grubbs Gallery

Pat Bock exhibits "Paper Thoughts" at the Grubbs Gallery of The Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, MAArtist Pat Bock will present “Paper Thoughts” at the Grubbs Gallery in the Reed Campus Center of The Williston Northampton School from January 5 through February 29.

In her recent mixed media compositions, Bock finds paper to be an accommodating medium as she puts it through its paces. Simple ideas such as seeds, slips, and scribbles are thoughtfully expressed through line, color, and texture.

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The Williston Northampton School Hosts Blood Drive

photo1255The Williston Northampton School hosted a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Monday, December 12. Seniors Alex Nunnelly (Florence, MA) and Adrian Mendoza (Santa Ana, CA) worked together to organize and recruit donors for the December blood drive.

The holiday season is a crucial time for blood donations, since demand for blood increases due to holiday travel, and supply falls because people are busy. “It’s difficult … to get donations right before the holidays, so our participation is crucial and appreciated,” says history teacher Peter Gunn, who works with students each year on the blood drive. Accroding to Gunn, Williston’s participation rate has been among the top five for highschools in Massachusetts twice in the past five years (second and fifth). Six students have received college scholarship funds as a result of the program’s success.

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