The Right to Read

On Saturday, December 9th, the Brockton Public Schools and the local NAACP chapter came together for a Right to Read event to cultivate community support for literacy. Recognizing reading as an essential skill that fosters mental development and contributes to life success, the event underscored the importance of providing access to this skill for all children. Through the Brockton NAACP Education Committee's partnership with Brockton Public Schools, they are playing a vital role in helping students become strong readers. The impactful work they are doing goes beyond academics because giving someone the gift of reading opens up their world, allowing them to experience the magic of written word.

The NAACP is a nonprofit organization with a mission to secure the "political, educational, social, and economic equality rights of all persons and to eliminate racial discrimination." To learn more about the organization and the wonderful work they do, visit the Brockton Area Branch NAACP website.

Photo and Source Credits: Brockton Public Schools FB, Brockton Area Branch NAACP website
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
Historical Tidbit:

It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

Edmund Sears (1810-1876), born and raised in Massachusetts, wrote a poem titled "It Came Upon The Midnight Clear" (better known as "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear") in 1849. He penned the words shortly after the Mexican-American War had ended (1846-1848). 

Although it was written in a time of social unrest, the poem describes a universal message of peace. In that same year, thousands of Americans were rushing to California in search of gold. Sears included three different references to gold in his poem: "harps of gold," "golden hours" and "Age of Gold". Was he inspired by the "forty-niners" or was it a coincidence?

Richard Storrs Willis (1819-1900), another Bostonian, composed a tune called "Study No. 23" in his Church Chorals and Choir Studies in 1850. Willis didn't know how his tune came to be used with "It Came Upon The Midnight Clear." A letter written by Willis simply states, "On my return from Europe [1876], I found that it [the tune] had been incorporated into various church collections apparently to Edmund Sears' text."

"It Came Upon The Midnight Clear" was one of the first Christmas carols to be written and composed by Americans - and it was done right here in Massachusetts!

~ Respectfully submitted, Jill A. Silvia
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Give an Impactful Gift this Holiday

BAMSI is a charitable organization that works to create equal opportunities for those with developmental, mental, and behavioral health challenges. You can help in their mission and make a difference! To do so, view the BAMSI's Giving Catalog and donate on their website.
Source Credit: BAMSI FB
U.S. Citizenship Classes
Brockton Adult Learning Center
211 Crescent St

Sign up now for U.S. Citizenship Classes! The entire course will be 11 weeks long starting from 1/23. You can choose between Tuesday evenings. 6-9p, or Wednesday mornings, 9a-12p.
  • Have a permanent resident card for 5 years or have been married to a U.S. citizen for 3 years
  • Intermediate or advanced level of English preferred
For questions, call 508-580-7475
Seeking Donations for Families in Need

You can help families, children, and adults this winter by donating to Fire Winds of Hope. Accepted donation items include gift cards, candy canes, backpacks, new hats, gloves, scarves, socks, quilts, sweaters, winter coats, and monetary donations. Your support will make a difference for families in need!

For more information or to donate, email Grisel Quinones at or call Fire Winds of Hope at 774-778-3490 / 774-699-0355.
Mental Health Resource Fair at Massasoit Community College
Massasoit Community College recently hosted a Mental Health Resource Fair in collaboration with the Plymouth County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Local and national organizations with mental health services attended, including Veteran Services, Insurance, and Volunteer opportunities, as well as representatives from Mayor Sullivan's Office and Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz. It's wonderful to see so many people come together in support of a great cause! Talking about mental health helps reduce the stigma and encourages those in need to seek assistance.
Taking care of your mental health is important, and it's not something that you need to do on your own. There are plenty of resources at Massasoit Community College to assist students with any mental health struggles, including:
  • Whitman Counseling (781-447-6425 ext.215)
  • MENTOR telehealth and in-person therapy/counseling services options for all students.
  • Free, immediate access to a therapist with Uwill.

For more information about these resources, visit Massasoit Community College's website. You can also get help on the Plymouth County Suicide Prevention Coalition website.

Photo and Source Credits: Massasoit Community College FB page and website
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
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Expanded Shop Open til January 7, 2024
Your destination for all gift-giving needs this holiday season!
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December Children Programs at BrPL

Tattoo Thursday
Thurs, Dec 28, 3:30-4:30p
Children's Room
304 Main St
Come by for face painting and library-themed temporary tattoos!

Book Bingo
Fri, Dec 29, 3:30-4:30p
Children's Room
304 Main St
Come by the library for family fun! Bingo Winners can pick from a selection of books and small trinkets for all ages.

For questions, call 508-894-1431
Source credit: BrPL Website
The Spirit of Giving
Many kind volunteers in our community have embraced the spirit of giving this season! Thank you for your impactful work.
On Tuesday, December 12, The Rotary Club of Brockton President Jeff and Past Presidents Richard & Tina made deliveries to Guardian Angels and Officer Rosie, who are providing presents to over 1000 children this holiday.
On Saturday, December 16 The Charity Guild and the Rotary Club made home food deliveries to seniors and the homebound.

The Brockton Area Hunger Network

BAHN offers many resources if you are in need. See the following BAHN members for assistance. It's ok to ask for help!

BGCMS Brockton Clubhouse, 233 Warren Ave
2nd Thurs of each month, 5-6p
You can call Brockton Clubhouse at 508-584-5209 to inquire about their After School programs, which include a daily hot meal.

Catholic Charities, 169 Court St
Mon, Tues, Wed, 10-11:45a & 1-2:45p
Fri, 10a-2:45p
In addition to food assistance, Catholic Charities provides other basic needs, such as shelters, living assistance, and counseling.

The Charity Guild, 501 Main St
Tues and Thurs, 10a-12p
Wed, 1-2:30p
The food Pantry distributes perishable and non-perishable foods to individuals and families requesting assistance, while supplies last.

Full Gospel Church 439 Main St
Every 2nd & 4th Sat of Each Month, 12-2p

Massasoit, 1 Massasoit Blvd, Student Center, Room 136
Mon-Thurs, 9a-12p & 1-3p
The Pantry is a judgement-free space that students can use daily with their student ID. Those seeking clothing can request an appointment with Alice’s Closet. You can also visit The Pantry to register for a BAHN card.

Call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 or visit their website for more resources.
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December 19th, 2023
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Brockton HS Boys Basketball vs. Boston College HS
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Recycling your Holiday Lights
Mon-Sat, 8:30a-3p
Brockton's Recycle Depot
300 Oak Hill Way

Please do not place your unusable holiday string lights into the curbside recycle bin. Recycle bins containing light strings will not be picked up. Instead, bring your old light strings to Brockton's Recycle Depot for proper recycling.

Visit to download the Recycle Coach app for customized scheduling notifications and tips on proper recycling.

Source Credit: City of Brockton FB
Arctic Adventure December Vacation Camp
Dec 26-29
Brockton Clubhouse
233 Warren Ave

Children ages 5-18 are invited to the Clubhouse for special theme days, festive activities, and more on December 26-29th! Don't miss out on all the fun!

Register now by filling out the registration form for licensed child care, pre-teens, or teens, and return them to the Clubhouse. You can also email

Source Credit: BGCMS Brockton Club FB
UPS & Teamsters' Generous Donation to the Mayor’s Toy Drive

On the afternoon of December 13, a truck filled with enough toys to rival Santa’s own sleigh arrived at City Hall, and with it came lots of holiday cheer. United Parcel Service (UPS) and the Teamsters Local #653 membership made their generous annual donation to Mayor Robert Sullivan’s Holiday Toy Drive, delivering hundreds of toys for children in need. These gifts will be given to various non-profit organizations in Brockton for distribution to local youth and are sure to brighten the holidays for many children.

This donation was made in honor of Mrs. Maryann Dodge, a lifetime employee of UPS and the organizer of a toy drive each year, who passed away in November of 2020. Through their donation, Maryann’s former co-workers and family members have taken her lead and continued the tradition of giving that she began. The Office of Mayor Sullivan and the City of Brockton sends their gratitude to the UPS employees who donated so many gifts. They serve as a wonderful example of the amazing impact we can make when we work together as a community.

If these UPS employees have made you feel inspired, you too can make a difference! The Holiday Toy Drive is going on until Wednesday, December 20, you can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the Mayor’s office, first floor of City Hall, 45 School St, Monday through Friday from 8:30a-4p. What a great way to embrace the spirit of giving!

Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University

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"It Came Upon The Midnight Clear" was one of the first Christmas carols to be written and composed by Americans, where was it written?

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As Winter Comes On,

I wish to express HUGE gratitude for
our first responder women & men, plus
emergency and acute care medical workers. Thanks to each of our Departments of Public Works for keeping our roads clear. The work you all do in taking care of us is amazing!

I also have gratitude for the unsung heroes, those among us that weather the storm so we don't have to: Cable & Electricity Line Repair Workers, US Postal Service, and Delivery Folks. Your care enables us to keep connected, and get what we need. You take on the roads in bad weather, keeping us safe.
I am sending out my heartfelt thanks and prayers that at the end of the day, you get home safe.

Have wonderful Holidays, dear reader, I hope you are warm, dry & content. ~ Jacquie
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