Teacher Appreciation Week

West Bridgewater Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) showed their gratitude to 1st through 6th grade teachers and school staff members with treats for Teacher Appreciation Week. On Monday, May 6, they kicked off the week with a Lady Sunshine Coffee van visiting all three WB schools and delivering coffee, tea, and donuts to teachers and other school staff. On Tuesday, the PTO treated the teachers to delicious pastries from White's Bakery and Café.

Teacher Appreciation Week is a national holiday in U.S., celebrated in the first week of May each year. The WB PTO has done a wonderful job in recognizing the hard work of their teachers this year.

Source: WB PTO FB
Written by Vasilia Yordanova, BuzzAround Intern, Wesleyan University
Historical Tidbit:
Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. 

The American incarnation of Mother's Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908. Following her mother's 1905 death, Anna conceived Mother's Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children and their families. After gaining financial backing from a Philadelphia department store owner named John Wanamaker in May 1908, she organized the first official Mother's Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. That same day also saw thousands of people attend a Mother's Day event at one of Wanamaker's retail stores in Philadelphia.

Mother's Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. The holiday continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers. Families might also celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores. At times Mother's Day has also been a date for launching political or feminist causes. In 1968, Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother's Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970's, women's groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare. 

Image Credit: Stacy Rancourt
Town Hall

WB Public Library
Council on Aging

Proof of residency is the only requirement.
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
1:45 - 3p & 5:30 - 6p
457 rear, South Main St., Suite #1
Rosemary Saccocia
won a Hanging Geranium (value $28) from Nessralla Farm Halifax ~ wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day!

Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

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Planning Board Meeting
Video Courtesy of WB Community Access TV
Board of Selectmen Meeting
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Young Author Book Talk
Sat, May 18
WB Public Library

Join us as sixth-grade author Innila Ram tells us about her new book! All ages are welcome at this event, no registration is required.

Story Plot:
Jessica possesses unique abilities since birth, a trait not uncommon in the Fantasy World. As a sixth-grader, she sets out to help those in distress alongside her human and monster friends. They solve the problems that plague the Fantasy World. Yet, when Jessica's own life becomes entangled with mysteries, how will she find a solution? Upon uncovering the harsh reality, she pledges to confront the person who ruined her life.

About Author:
Innila Ram is a sixth-grader at Bridgewater Middle School in Massachusetts, USA. She is a third-generation writer from a Tamil scholar family. Innila enjoys sketching, traveling, detective novels, and watching feel-good movies. 

Source: WBPL
Berwick Boys Foundation Summer Camp

The Berwick Boys Foundation provides a summer camp in Maine, focused on its mission to help teenage boys develop physically, mentally, and morally. Their program highlights the importance of social skills and friendships, hands-on leadership and problem-solving experiences, valuable practical skills like construction and plumbing, and island living, as the camp is located on an island 3 miles off the coast of Maine.
Calling all 12 through 15-year-old boys! Looking for an exciting adventure in Maine?

Camp is July 7-Aug 17. 
All forms in by June 30.
Cost $900, limited scholarships available

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Join The Well 5K
Sat, June 1
BW State University

Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female.
And 1st place in: 10 & under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

Register by end of day May 13th to receive a Well 5-K commemorative T-Shirt

The Well helps individuals, families and the community experience spiritual, emotional and physical wellness through holistic care of the mind, body, soul and spirit.

Learn more at: www.visitthewell.org
Tick Talk
Sun, May 19
Old BW Historical Society Memorial Building
162 Howard St

Learn how to avoid ticks and what to do if you are bitten at this talk with Scott Ames. Admission is $5 for non OBHS members.
Source: OBHS
WB COA Looking for Meals on Wheels Drivers
Mon-Fri, 9:30-10a

The WB Council on Aging is looking for permanent and substitute Meals on Wheels drivers. All meals are sent out from the senior center between 9:30 and 10 am Monday through Friday. The COA is currently seeking permanent drivers for Wednesdays and backup drivers when needed. Please call Stacy at the COA for more information at 508-894-1262.
WBPL Book Club
Tue, May 28
5 - 6p
WB Public Library

Read Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman and join the WBPL Book Club to discuss the novel on Tuesday, May 28th at 5pm in the Meeting Room. Copies of the book are available at the front desk.

Britt-Marie Was Here is a book about a busybody woman who leaves her husband after being cheated on. It was originally written in Swedish, and translated to English in 2016.
Source: WBPL
Gentle Yoga
Fri, May 24
WB Public Library

End your week with a free gentle yoga class, taught by Lindsey Centrella. This class is open to all abilities. Please let Lindsey know of any physical restrictions you might have before starting class.

Classes will be taught on Friday, May 24 and May 31 at 3pm.

If you have a yoga mat, blocks or other equipment, bring them! If not, equipment will be provided. Wear your comfy clothes and be ready to stretch and relax for an hour. Register here for each class you wish to attend.
Source: WBPL FB
Climate Can Do:
Green on the Go

One of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas and carbon emissions in our atmosphere is the use of vehicles: according to Fuel Economy, “Highway vehicles release about 1.5 billion tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere each year—mostly in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2)—contributing to global climate change. Each gallon of gasoline you burn creates 20 pounds of GHG. That's roughly 5 to 9 tons of GHG each year for a typical vehicle.”

How we get from one location to another can have a massive impact on our carbon footprints, and our first goal should be to transition into the use of public transportation whenever possible. The type of vehicle we drive is also incredibly important. The use of gasoline has major implications for the climate because of greenhouse gases associated with crude oil and other petroleum liquids. Another environmentally-friendly option would be electric vehicles. Finally, consider making the switch to bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters to help reduce your carbon footprint (and help you reach your health and fitness goals!).

Ways to Transition to Sustainable Transportation

  • The MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities offer a range of services to help riders travel locally and regionally. 
  • Fixed route services (like the bus and subway) have a reliable regular schedule you can count on and offer discounted fares for seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Learn more about public transport services near you

  • Electric vehicles (EV) are a great way to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and reduce the cost of owning a vehicle. 
  • Incentives and financing options may be available to assist you in purchasing an electric vehicle and installing an EV charger at home.
  • Learn about electric vehicles 

  • Reducing our use of gas-powered vehicles is a key step in tackling climate change. Bikes, E-bikes, and E-scooters produce zero emissions and are much less expensive than cars
  • Learn about e-bike benefits 

Written by Noshin Saiyaara, Buzz Around Intern and Wellesley College student.
Together, we can make a difference by taking action to live sustainably. Let's empower ourselves to create a better future for our planet, one step at a time.
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You're Invited to The Charity Guild's Friendraiser: Get Together For Good!

On Monday, May 20th, 5pm at Shoveltown Brewery, all Charity Guild friends are invited to a Get Together For Good! An evening to support our Charity Guild Food Pantry mission. Funds raised will help us keep our shelves stocked this Spring.

I have been a Charity Guild Board Member for 12 years now and a weekly volunteer on food delivery day for the last 4 years. Every Wednesday you can find my neighbor Patty Henderson and me at 501 Main Street in Brockton. We are some of the volunteers who help stock the fridges with fresh food, like eggs and cheese, and we prep the fresh produce for distribution that day. The team and volunteers have fun working together each week to put away as many as 6,500 pounds of food.

The Guild has faced some large challenges since 2020. Food is so expensive these days and it is incredibly heartbreaking to see just how many more people are in need of our help. The Guild is doing all that it can to help those neighbors - from Brockton and the surrounding towns - who visit us for food.
Those who donate to support our mission give us the ability to keep our shelves stocked week to week. We could not do this work without the generosity of our community members. Whether you are donating your time or your money - you are helping us provide food to local families, individuals and senior citizens. You make this work possible. One way to donate is to visit thecharityguild.org and click on the Donate button. Or, we would love to see you at our Get Together for Good coming up in a few weeks. Come and be a part of our community!
Please join us on May 20th at Shoveltown Brewery at 5pm and bring a friend.
It will be a casual night of good friends, good music by DJ Joe Lupica and good fun for a good cause.
Tickets are $50.00 - small bites included. Cash bar.

~ Christine Tennihan, Charity Guild Board Member and Event Co-Chair
Pictured: LR Amber Young of E. Bridgewater, Michael Martel of Brockton, Patty Henderson of West Bridgewater and TCG Board Member Christine Tennihan of West Bridgewater - image courtesy of Christine Tennihan
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"A Heartfelt Thank You to Everyone Who Made Our Field Day a Success! 

🌟Yesterday (April 28, 2024) was truly special, and we couldn't have done it without the incredible support from our community. A huge shout-out to the honor guard for leading our parade with such dignity. 🎖️
A big thank you to our teachers who participated in the games, bringing fun and sportsmanship to the field. You truly went above and beyond! 🏅
To our local Fire Department and Police Department, your presence and participation in the games brought so much joy and excitement. Thank you for being such an integral part of our community and for all you do! 🚒🚓

We also want to extend our gratitude to everyone who came out to support the event. Your cheers and smiles made the day unforgettable.
🎉Special thanks to the Youth Football Association for sharing the parking lot and adjusting your game schedules to join the parade."

Images & quote reposted from WBYAA FB
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Historical Tidbit Question:
What year was Mother's Day created?

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Instructions from Mum
Women Take the Floor, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2021 included a wall of quotes. Taking it in, 90 year old Rosie, sat on a nearby bench and instructed: "Take a picture of that wall." I immediately complied. "Where would you like me to send them?" I asked. "They are for you.” she said, “They are for your column." These quotes shared with you at the bequest of my dear brave feminist role model bears repeating:

“It’s important to emphasize that outside of these artificial boundaries we’re both inherently equal and profoundly, infinitely diverse.“
~ Martine Gutierrez

“I want to be free to try new things that don’t make sense yet.“ ~ Sadie Benning

“Indeed so often just talking about sexism as well as racism is heard as damaging the institution. If talking about sexism and racism is heard as damaging institutions, we need to damage institutions.“ ~ Sara Ahmed

“I am invested in the potency of imagination as a radical tool.” ~ Tuesday Smillie

“ I’m always empowered in spaces where there’s many narratives in the room. There’s always room for learning and there’s also room for being quiet.“
~ Kimberly Drew 

“ create against orders” ~ Sheila Hicks

“The struggle against patriarchy and racism must be substantively robust and inextricably intertwined.“ ~ Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

“Extreme times call for extreme heroines.”
~ Betye Saar

“Come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.“ ~ Lucille Clifton

“I mean I’m here to eat up all the ocean you thought was yours.“ ~ Eve Ewing

“I just decided when someone says you can’t do something, do more of it.“ ~ Faith Ringgold

“Historically, notions of intelligence not only have been gendered but have discounted the possibility that knowledge sources are multiple and include the body, emotions, desires, memories“
~ Susan L. Stoops

“ When you put a seed in the ground, it doesn’t stop growing after eight hours. It keeps going every minute that it’s in the earth. We, too, need to keep growing every moment of every day that we are on this earth.“ ~ Ruth Asawa
Mum left us 2 weeks after this conversation. She was a remarkable woman, spiritual, creative and brilliant. She taught me and guided me: was my biggest fan and my biggest critic. So this Mother's Day, I honor her memory, passing on the wisdom of women. As we strive to take our place in this world with an equal voice, be bold, be strong, know you are worthy. ~ Jacquie
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