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Three Framingham Elementary Schools Welcomed Special Volunteers as Part of the 2019 Bose Day of Service

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 Robert A. Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Contact: Rochelle Santos
Media & Communications Manager
73 Mount Wayte Avenue, Suite #5

Framingham, Massachusetts 01702
Telephone: 508-782-6099

Three Framingham Elementary Schools Welcomed Special Volunteers as Part of the 2019 Bose Day of Service

May 15, 2019 (Framingham, MA): Last Friday May 10th, hundreds of Bose employees were dispersed throughout the City of Framingham, volunteering as part of the 2019 Bose Day of Service. Three of the many destinations included the entire fourth grade cohort at Hemenway, Stapleton, and King Elementary Schools. This is the first time Framingham Public Schools have been a destination for Bose volunteers as part of this annual tradition.

The Framingham Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department organized the outreach throughout the city of Framingham, coordinating across all Divisions and Departments. Through email and an online form, the organizers were able to place over 300 volunteers for a variety of projects for the Day of Service event.

“The City and Parks Department have shared a strong relationship with Bose that has led to 4 previous Day of Service events since 2014, with each year growing in size,” said James Snyder, Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs. “This year is no different with a volunteer group of over 320 Bose employees marking this the largest one day volunteer event held through the Parks Department. The Parks Department was excited to add the School Department to this year’s event and believe with this addition, our entire community will benefit from Bose’s generosity and commitment to the Framingham Community.”

Bose volunteers spent up to 3 hours in our schools completing projects and working directly with the fourth grade students. The volunteers were divided into groups or pairs and led a Novel Engineering lesson which included reading The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, completing a demonstration, and assisting the students as they built wind power stations. Additionally, some of the volunteers at King Elementary School also built unfinished Little Free Libraries that will later be completed by King students, and then distributed throughout the city.

“We have been working hard this year to enhance our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) program across the district,” said PJ Feynman, FPS Steam Coach. “In addition to learning about renewable energy in an authentic and engaging context, the Bose volunteers model for our students the role of engineers in our community. By meeting and learning from them, our fourth graders know that these careers are real options.” 

“Bose was extremely accommodating and easy to work with throughout the entire process,” said Rochelle Santos, Media and Communications Manager for Framingham Public Schools. “Many people have worked tirelessly to bring this Day of Service to life and our schools were fortunate to be part of this year’s program. Not only does this help to grow and strengthen community partnerships, but it provided a unique opportunity to support curriculum while making real-life connections to people who depend on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math every day. We are grateful for the volunteers’ time and for Bose’s generosity, as they even purchased some of the supplies that were needed to complete the STEAM Activity.”

“We are so humbled to partner with the entire City of Framingham each year for this Day of Service,” said Elizabeth Cameron, Community Relations Manager. “It seems especially poignant this time around, with the expansion of volunteerism into the school system. Bose was able to further its reach and offer our employees another way to give back. We believe in the power of STEAM education so sparking that interest in our employees and harnessing that passion into this volunteer experience with young, local students, is something we are so proud to be a part of.” 

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