Community is important to us at Bristow. We do our best to give back to our community as frequently as possible. Through clubs, advisories, and various groups at Bristow, we organize a wide variety of service projects throughout the year.
Every act of kindness creates a ripple with no end.
- Ms. Wronowski lead a fundraiser. With the help of the 7th grade advisories, hand-made woven bracelets from families in Nicaragua were sold to staff and students. These bracelets came from a non-profit organization called The Pulsera Project (pulsera meaning bracelet). This was Bristow's first pulsera sale and within a week we raised $845.00. The Pulsera Project buys hand made woven pulseras from Central American artists and then partners with U.S. schools to sell them. With the money raised from the pulsera sales, the funds go to many programs that empower people through secondary education, university scholarships, housing programs, youth shelter support, workers' rights advocacy, and funding for environmental initiatives. Through this sale we also educate the students about Latin American culture and the importance of fair trade practices. A special thank you to all the 7th grade advisory teachers that made this possible! Below is a link to the Pulsera Project and the videos that our students watched during advisory. http://www.pulseraproject.org/
- Mrs. Leghorn's and Mrs. Manogue's advisories joined forces to run a food drive to benefit the West Hartford food pantry. They collected hundreds of non-perishable food items to help stock the pantry shelves right before the holidays.
- Our P.E. staff organized our annual Turkey Trot, raising over $2,500 for families in need.
- We collected socks for veterans throughout the month. We gathered 150+ pairs of socks and donated them to CT Veteran Affairs.
- We raised money for Connecticut Children's Medical Center, by participating in PJ Day! Students and teachers donated a dollar for the chance to wear their PJs to school. We raised nearly $350 dollars!
- Voices of Bristow visited the Hughes Home to sing holiday music and deliver holiday cards created by art club.
The orchestra spread holiday cheer throughout Bristow with their holiday classroom stroll. They visited classes and performed quick holiday concerts, each day leading up to winter break.
Bristow has taken up the TREX Challenge to help ban the bag! Ms. Anstett's advisory spread the word school-wide and collected plastic film that would have otherwise landed in our landfills and is not bio-degradable. Thanks to the TREX Challenge, the collected plastic will be recycled into usable materials. We have raised 70 pounds of plastic (and counting!).
Each year Bristow staff and families come together for our Helping Hands Fundraiser. The funds collected go to Bristow families during holiday season.
Our library media specialist organized the "MAKE a Difference with Blankets Project" at Bristow:
The blanket project has brought students, teachers and the greater community together to create fleece blankets that will make a positive difference and have an impact in the lives of both those who make them and those who receive them. Two of the goals for “MAKE a Difference with Fleece Blankets” is to promote compassionate citizenry through the creation of something that will benefit agencies and organizations in need, as well as to inspire, model, assist, and enable students to "be the change they want to see in the world" by taking action in their local and global community. This project was made possible by the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools (https://www.fwhps.org/)! Through the purchase of fleece, yarn, and necessary sewing tools that students, teachers, and staff utilized to make blankets in the library makerspace and in classrooms, EVERY student will learn how to make the blankets when their advisor brings his/her advisory group to the Makerspace. Students and teachers have had the opportunity to work on the blankets during their scheduled advisory time and students who were interested in helping more have be able to continue working on the blankets before school, during lunch on specified days, and during learning lab. When the blankets are finished, ¾ of them will be donated to Project Linus, a national organization with local chapters that collect blankets for kids in need. According to their website, their mission is to “provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” (To see more information about this organization, you can visit https://www.projectlinus.org/)
Under the guidance of Ms. Ochman, Bristow raised over $600 for Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) on April 28 when they formed team Bristow Butterflies. ASRC believes that everyone deserves to live their best life possible. Our students along with their family and friends enjoyed the event, which is held yearly in Wallingford. Ms.Ochman’s dog Brooke also won for best decked out dog! Our team was adorned in blue, sporting homemade butterfly pins. Great job everyone!
The Capstone project is a Social Studies project that all 7th grade students in West Hartford are required to do. Students work in groups to select a topic of interest to them. The topic needs to relate to a world issue. Students have selected topics such as global warming, extinction of elephants, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Homeless teens in the USA, child soldiers, landmines, zika virus, opioid crisis, etc. They do research to get educated about the topic, and then create a "systems map" to identify what is causing the issue (the "input factors") and what happens because of the issue (the "output factors"). They select a "leverage point" (either an input or an output that they might be able to have an impact on.) They then create a plan to make an impact, no matter how small, and carry out the plan accordingly.
Students have written letters to congressman, world leaders and CEOs of corporations. Students have raised money to donate to causes. Students have written articles for publication. Students have bought supplies and delivered them to Homeless shelters and animal shelters. The list goes on and on.
The students in this picture were wearing t-shirts that one group made to save the elephants. They picked a day for everyone to wear the t-shirt to increase awareness about the issue.