By Dr. Sherronda Brown, D-E 360° Director and HomeBase Advisor
On March 5, eighth graders from Dwight-Englewood came out in great numbers to participate in a skate-a-thon sponsored by Friends of John Wright Arena-Mackay Ice Rink in Englewood. The event raised $5,000 for the purpose of replacing bleachers at the rink.
As one of four local schools (including Englewood’s Janis E. Dismus Middle School, The Frisch School of Paramus, and Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County in New Milford) that took a part in the fundraiser, D-E contributed $850 to the effort.
D-E’s participation in the fundraiser was tied to the service learning aspect of the eighth grade HomeBase curriculum. The skate-a-thon was a terrific opportunity for my advisees to do a collective project around community engagement, community space, and community building. Leading up to the skate-a-thon, my HomeBase group discussed with some seriousness the need for town communities to have access to public recreation centers, and they were enthusiastic about taking on the work. In addition to collecting sponsors for their participation, the students devised a plan to promote the event to other students in the Middle School by sending emails, placing posters around campus, making announcements during Middle School assembly and HomeBase times, as well as organizing a sign-up table during Middle School lunch. These activities provided a wonderful leadership opportunity for my advisees.