Volunteers Needed – METCO Stay and Play Event
Hello Haynes families! Next month there will be a cross-cultural stay and play event happening on October 16th. Students from all four Sudbury elementary schools from Boston and Sudbury will be traveling by bus to Stow for apple-picking and fall fun! In order to facilitate this event, we need parent volunteers as chaperones. Volunteers are needed from 1:20-3:30pm in Stow, must have a current CORI at Haynes, and would be able to bring their own school-aged children if desired. Please email HOP METCO Liaison Joanna Steffey at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to volunteer. Thank you for considering! Keep an eye out- we will need additional volunteers for events in February and May!
About the METCO Program
The Metco Program is a grant program in part funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is a voluntary program intended to expand educational opportunities, increase diversity, and reduce racial isolation, by permitting students in certain cities to attend public schools in other communities that have agreed to participate.The Program has been in existence since 1966 and was originally funded through a grant by the Carnegie Foundation and United States Office of Education. In that year the first Metco legislation was filed, METCO Inc. was established, and seven school districts began accepting the first two hundred Metco students. Currently, there are about 3,300 students participating in 33 school districts in metropolitan Boston and at four school districts outside Springfield.
SPS Students from Boston participate in a wide variety of activities. Haynes students, for example, are involved in a staff mentoring program and attend system-wide Stay and Play dates across the school calendar. Middle school students take advantage of the after school program scheduled twice weekly at ECMS. Social activities, such as the annual Pot Luck Dinner and Frog Pond Skating Social foster a sense of greater community for both Boston and Sudbury families. All parents are invited to join the Steering Committee that initiates and oversees these experiences in conjunction with the Academic Advisors and Program Director.