Posts Tagged ‘fundraising’

Unity Fun Run Generates Fun and Funds

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Health and Nutrition, Sustainability, Uncategorized

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This year, the rain held out and our Unity Fun Run went off as planned on Thursday, October 1st. Our physical education teacher, Alyssa, became the DJ and played pumping music for the runners. The students, siblings, parents and teachers ran/walked five laps on the driveway and Evergreen Place for a total of one mile. Several spry students ran more! Some staff members positioned themselves on the course to ensure safety and to cheer on the runners while others ran the course with the children. Before and after run, the children played on the playground, ate snacks and enjoyed some relaxing time together. This great time outdoors was a great way to raise funds for sustainable projects for Unity Charter School. We raised $710 just by running in circles! Keep training and we hope to hold this energetic event again in the spring.

About the Author

Jennifer Carcich is the 2/3 Grade Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator at Unity Charter School. This is her fifth year teaching at Unity Charter School. She is certified to teach both general education and special education students and has been in the teaching field since 1994. Jennifer takes pride in helping Unity Charter School and continuing to strengthen its unique and innovative approach to education and bring forth the school’s mission.

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Unity Charter School. Unity Charter School is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the author.

Toy and Book Drive a Huge Success!

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Field Trip, Middle School, student post, Sustainability, Uncategorized

By Becky Donahue, Shamaya Fable, and Brynn Johnson
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On Saturday April 18, 2015, Teresa’s Project Based Learning Class hosted a toy and book sale in the Common Room of Unity. We collected toy and book donations for a few weeks. We priced and organized the toys and books for a few days and by Friday we were ready to go! It was a very successful day and we made over $550 for middle school class trips. We would like to thank all the people who donated and the people and teachers who came to support us at the sale.

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Becky Donahue is in 6th grade and enjoys dancing and playing with her dogs. Shamaya Fable is in 7th grade and enjoys cheer and gymnastics. Brynn Johnson is in 6th grade and she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and playing with her dog.

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Unity Charter School. Unity Charter School is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the author.

The Fifth Grade Takes A Visit To The Seeing Eye

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Civic Responsibility, Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Field Trip, Middle School, Uncategorized

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In February, the fifth grade took a trip to The Seeing Eye. The Seeing Eye is the oldest guide dog school in the entire world! The students learned about the history of the facility. More specifically, the life story of Frank Morris and how he overcame the life obstacle of being blind in 1928 with his guide dog, Buddy. The story of Frank Morris serves as an inspiration for all by demonstrating that we can overcome life obstacles. The fifth grade learned about how the facility has trained 16,000 guide dogs that have served over 800 individuals who are blind.

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A few months ago, the entire Unity Community raised money for The Seeing Eye through fundraising event, Pennies For Puppies. The fifth grade took great honor in making the donation on the behalf of the Unity Community! Thank you for everyone who was involved especially Megan Higgins and Stephanie Litwin who led Pennies For Puppies!

About the Author

Christopher Imbriaco has been teaching fifth grade for the school year and so far his time has been extremely rewarding to say the least. He has been teaching for nearly four years with his prior teaching experience including teaching middle school math and business courses at the high school level. Prior to embarking on his teaching career, Chris worked in corporate business for over five years. Some of his interests include sports, the global economy, and any activity that involves being outside. He would like to thank everyone who has been a part of his journey at Unity and looks forward to branching out and making new connections down the road.

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Unity Charter School. Unity Charter School is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the author.

Join Students to Raise Funds for Special School in Haiti

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Civic Responsibility, Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Uncategorized

by Julia Kelly

Unity’s mission of sustainability has always incorporated a major commitment to social responsibility in our school, our homes, our lives and the greater community around us. As part of this mission, Unity is involved in a special effort to provide financial assistance to a very special school in Haiti that needs our help.

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Unity students pride themselves on monthly service learning projects. Many of the fundraising ideas and community outreach come from the students themselves. The study body at Unity realize the great need in Haiti and would specifically like to raise funds for the School Cite of Soleil, since they realize how difficult it is to obtain the proper materials and supplies needed to have a great learning experience. The students also plan on setting up several skype sessions with the students of Cite of Soliel to connect on a more personal level.

In order to raise money for these students in Haiti, Unity students will be having bake sales, art shows and talent related fundraisers. Go Fund Me site is a simple way for us to connect virally to the world and help raise funds for the school in Haiti. Won’t you please join us in this effort and donate whatever you can afford towards this very worthwhile cause. All donations will go directly to the school and the children that attend it.

About the Author

Julia Kelly has been working at Unity Charter school since 2002 and has predominantly taught third and fourth grade. Although she did teach second and third grade for three of those years. She was drawn to Unity because of the mission and loves to help students understand how preservation of our planet is so important. Julia has been gardening and been dedicated to preserving our planet from a very young age. She has been overseeing the Unity garden since 2012 and enjoys sharing this with her students. Julia is a skier, hiker and musician and loves to read and travel. She currently lives in Sparta, NJ with my husband Jim. I have two grown children and three step children.

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Unity Charter School. Unity Charter School is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the author.

CommUnity Coffee: A Discussion on Commercial Free Schools

Written by Peter. Posted in Education

About once a month, the CommUnity comes together for coffee  after the school wide morning meeting.  Lately, the meetup has evolved into curated discussions about various topics related to our school.  This past week, I was able to attend  the discussion about adopting a policy to make Unity a “Commercial Free School”. Commercial Free Schools are schools that  “adopt policies that assure positive public school- private sector relationships, and guard against commercial partnerships that require school districts to advertise as a condition for receiving funds, products, materials or equipment.”  (http://www.ibiblio.org/commercialfree/policies.html)