All Kinds of News for January 10, 2018
Students at Valley View School have volunteered thousands of hours over the years to community service activities and have made a difference at food pantries, animal shelters, after-school tutoring programs, and senior living facilities. Dr. Thomas Nowak, Executive Director, comments, "We are very proud of our students for their service and receive numerous comments about their kindness, respect and work ethic in the community. The Community Service Program at Valley View also continues to provide yard raking, clearing and trimming of brush, and snow shoveling for local elders who reach out when help is needed."
For the past six years, during Thanksgiving week, Valley View has extended its good graces to two local church efforts designed to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need. Both of these are volunteer-based initiatives, and VVS students have developed a reputation of providing key support to these endeavors by way of greeting families at the pantry and filling food boxes. Staff and students help set up and deliver meals to local families in conjuction with a local church on Thanksgiving Day itself.
Dave Maher, Residential Counselor and long-time community volunteer, shares, "These efforts are extra special as they afford our students an opportunity to appreciate their own families and holidays further while helping to assure that others less fortunate may also benefit from such a wonderful holiday meal."
Community volunteering by adolescents and teens promotes development of their personal sense of citizenship and pride in themselves, improves communication skills and provides opportunities to experience diversity. Students at Valley View School are provided with a multitude of opportunities to give back to the community and benefit greatly from their experiences in volunteering.
About Valley View
Valley View School, founded in 1970, is a private therapeutic boarding school serving boys in grades 6-12. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) school, our campus is located in the central Massachusetts town of North Brookfield. Our overall program consists of a comprehensive blend of Therapy, Academics, Athletics, Arts and Activities challenging our students emotionally, intellectually and physically. The boys learn self-control, emotional regulation and social skills in order to create and cultivate relationships with peers and adults, while developing compassion, empathy and respect for others and to realize their true potential.