Social Justice Program
In 2012, Hills and Falls introduced a social justice program into the community. We have partnered with local organizations to provide nearby struggling families with food and gifts for holiday occasions. Our students have also visited with residents at a neighboring senior center and made valentines for children receiving treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital. During the year, the Social Justice committee also runs a number of donation drives for various charities. This past year, these included drives to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy and a local food pantry, as well a pajama drive for Cradles to Crayons which coincided with our school-wide movie night.
As part of the Hills and Falls curriculum, each year the entire school takes a “trip” to another country to learn about its people and culture. This year, as part of the new social justice initiative, the school traveled to the developing nation of Guatemala and learned about the country’s Mayan history and culture, its agriculture and food, and strong and colorful traditional of weaving. With help from Mil Milagros, a non-profit working in Guatemala, our teachers were also able to teach the children about the numerous hardships faced by many Guatemalan children as a result of widespread poverty, including hunger, lack of basic hygiene and limited access to schooling.