Teacher Appreciation Day Writing Contest Rules

Contest is open to any student attending Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School, Hudson Public Schools, Immaculate Conception Schools and Marlborough Public Schools.

One entry from each district will be selected as the winner and a cash donation will be made in their honor to the school in which they teach. The winning teacher will also be invited to attend MJWC’s June Business meeting dinner, June 3, 2014 to be recognized.

Contest begins Tuesday, May 6, 2014—National Teacher Appreciation Day

Entries must be received by Friday, May 23, 2014, the contest deadline.

All entries must be mailed to:

Education Committee
GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club
PO Box 934
Marlborough, MA 01752

Writing Prompt

Choose one of the following:

What makes your teacher so good at their job?   How does your teacher inspire you?

Students in Grades K-2 will write one or two sentence essay and then draw a picture to answer their prompt. K-2 students are allowed the help of an adult to do the actual writing, but both the words and drawing must come from the student.

Students in Grades 3-4 will write a 3-4 paragraph essay.

Students in Grades 5-12 will write a 300-word essay or poem.

All entries must be in English and done on 8.5” X 11” white paper and submitted with the entry form.

Entries will not be returned and will become the property of GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club who may reproduce them to promote this event. The number of winners is subject to change by MJWC.

Teacher Appreciation Writing Contest Entry Form

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Teacher Appreciation Writing Contest

The Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club is sponsoring a writing contest to honor teachers for National Teacher Appreciation Day on May 6th. This contest is open to all students in the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School, Hudson Public School District, Immaculate Conception Schools, and Marlborough Public School District.

Here’s How It Works: Students write an essay or poem answering one of these two questions: “What makes your teacher so good at their job?” or “How does your teacher inspire you?” Students in grades K-2 should write one or two sentences and draw a picture answering one of the questions. K-2 students are allowed the help of an adult to do the actual writing, but both the words and drawing must come from the student. Each entry should be submitted with the entry form. Students in grades 3-4 will write 3-4 paragraphs and those in grades 5-12 will write 300 word essay or poem. One essay from each district will be chosen and the district will receive an award in honor of the winning teacher.

Deadline for entry is May 23, 2014. The winning teacher from each school district will be invited to the MJWC business meeting on June 3, 2014 to receive an award. The entry form and rules can be found on the Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club website located at www.marlboroughjuniors.org. It may also be found on the websites of the participating districts.

Flags for Our Forces

Our Armed Forces have made and continue to make enormous sacrifices on behalf of our country every day, often in very dangerous and demanding conditions. That is why it is so important that our Servicemen and women – past and present – know that they can rely on excellent public support.

Did you know?

  • On any given night, there are more than 100,000 homeless veterans on the street.
  • Veterans face dramatically higher unemployment than those who did not serve. For those under 25, 29.1% are unemployed.
  • One out of every three Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans suffers from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or a combination of the two due to combat trauma.
  • 33% of military families have credit card debt greater than $10,000 and struggle to pay their monthly bills forcing some to apply for payday loans, which only makes the problem worse.

You can help by making a $20 donation.  With that donation, the Salvation Army will place a United States Flag on the front lawn of Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA during Flag Day weekend from June 13 to June 15, 2014.  90% of your donation goes towards the needs of current veterans (rent, utilities, etc.) Deadline for donations is May 31, 2014.

Flags for our Forces

Electronics Recycling Event – May 10, 2014

Do you have a TV gathering dust in the garage? Are your cabinets filled with cell phones, broken toys and other gadgets? If so, please join us on May 10th 2014 at Navin Rink located at 451 Bolton St, Marlborough, MA 01752 from 9am-1pm.

The GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club is sponsoring an electronics recycling event. Advanced Electronics Recycling, Inc. of Hudson, MA will be onsite to provide a responsible recycling solution for the electronics being dropped off at the recycling event.

Advanced Electronics Recycling, Inc ensures all customers that all electronics are properly handled and recycled by shredding materials such as hard drives, disks and other medias. Secured data destruction services are part of their recycling services.

The electronics recycling event will be held from 9am-1pm at Navin Rink located at 451 Bolton St, Marlborough, MA 01752. Marlborough Juniors and Advanced Electronics Recycling personnel will assist customers in unloading material from their cars.

Items can be recycled for as little as $2 per small items such as remote toys and small appliances to $20 for large appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, grills (no propane tanks) and lawn equipment (empty of all gas or oils) with a maximum of $30 per car load. Advanced Electronics Recycling, Inc. kindly donates their services for this event. All proceeds go to GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club to support our charitable efforts in the community.

Items accepted:

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Monitors
  • LCD’s
  • Cell Phones
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Modems
  • CD drives
  • Cables
  • Keyboards
  • Mice
  • TV’s
  • VCR’s
  • DVD players
  • Camcorders
  • Cameras
  • Game Players and joysticks
  • Telephones
  • Pagers
  • Answering Machines
  • Typewriters
  • Calculators
  • Adding Machines
  • Fax machines
  • Copiers
  • Postage Meters,
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Toaster Ovens
  • Microwaves

Non-Accepted Items Include:

  • Lightbulbs
  • Mercury Containing Devices
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Fluorescents
  • Household Chemicals
  • Toys
  • Books
  • Paint
  • Propane Tanks

For more information on Advanced Electronics Recycling, Inc.’s policies and procedures, visit their website at: http://www.advancedelectronicsrecycling.com/

Trivia Night – March 28, 2014

MJWC Trivia Night

Join us for our 10th annual Trivia Night!  GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club is committed to providing service and help to those in need in our communities.  Your support of Trivia Night will help us in this mission.

If you want to ensure you and your friends sit together on the same team, we encourage you to contact us and reserve a table.  Tables can include a maximum of 10 people. Tickets are $25 per person.  To reserve your tickets or table, email us at tickets@marlboroughjuniors.org.

Details:

Friday, March 28, 2014
Marlborough Fish & Game (1 Muddy Ln, Marlborough, MA 01752)
Doors open at 7pm
Trivia starts at 7:30pm

Tickets: $25 per person

Sandwiches and light hors d’oeuvres included with your ticket

Cash bar

We provide local organizations with Easter Baskets for children in need in our community. Bring items for Easter Baskets or the Food Pantry and you will be entered to win a fabulous door prize!

We will also have raffles for wonderful baskets and a 50/50 raffle.

Email us (tickets@marlboroughjuniors.org) or contact a member for tickets.

 

February 14th – Happy Love Your Library Day!

Love Your Library - Feb 14th

For several years now, the Marlboro Juniors have been embracing February 14th as a new kind of holiday — Love Your Library Day!  While we don’t expect the world to ditch Valentine’s Day, we do think it’s a perfect day to celebrate your local library.

Each year, we present our local librarians with a little appreciation gift.  Marlboro Juniors have always supported our local libraries from the very beginning (it is, after all, our 50th year celebration in 2014).  In the past, we have presented them with a film strip projector (1967) and provided money towards a concert piano (1971) and various donations over the past 50 years. For many years, the Marlboro Juniors helped run the library Bookmobile. Today, we help deliver books to homebound patrons and sponsor museum passes.

Love Your Library Day is just another way Marlboro Juniors want to show appreciation and support for our local libraries.  It is also in the spirit of our parent organization, The General Federation of Women’s Club, who, in the 1930′s:

Having founded over 474 free public libraries and 4,655 traveling libraries, women’s clubs were credited by the American Library Association with establishing 75 percent of America’s public libraries. Supporting local libraries continues to be a Federation priority today.

We have a rich history with libraries.  Why don’t you show your appreciation today? Say thank you to the library staff.  Check out a book or sign up for a program. Join the Friends of the Library group. Check out what they have to offer.  You will be amazed if it’s been a long time since you’ve been to the local library.  Here are some links to libraries in our area.

 

1964-2014 – 50 Years of Community Service

Celebrating 50 Years of Marlboro JuniorsThe GFWC Marlboro Junior Woman’s Club was formed in October, 1964 by a group of 15 women looking to perform community service work. They were admitted to the Massachusetts State Federation of Women’s Clubs and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1965.  2014 marks our 50th year of community service.

During the early years of the club the main beneficiaries of the club’s efforts were the newly established Marlboro Girls Club and the Sunshine Camp. The Marlboro Public Library was also an early and frequent recipient of the club’s efforts.

In 1967 the club presented the library with a film strip projector; in 1971 presented them with a check for $1500 to help purchase a concert piano; and for many years helped run the library’s Bookmobile.

Since 1986 the club has donated a book for each baby born to a club member or to the child of a club member. The Marlboro Juniors also sponsored the first Candidates Night held in the city on September 27, 1965 with six mayoral and a total of 46 candidates in all attending.

A small sampling of our various community projects include:

  • Christmas parties for the Assabet Collaborative Pre-School;
  • Helping to expand Holt’s Grove near the high school by blazing a nature trail and planting native wild flowers;
  • Initiating the first Crime Watch program in the city;
  • Assisting families by taping and sending messages to servicemen in Vietnam;
  • Raising funds to purchase a car for a dialysis patient;
  • Sponsoring a 2-day breast cancer detection clinic;
  • Sponsored the first household hazardous waste day;
  • Sponsoring first defensive driving course in Marlboro;
  • Helping to renovate quarters for a mental health clinic;
  • Fingerprinting children at local pre-schools, elementary and middle schools;
  • Preparing meals for the residents of the homeless shelter;
  • Assisting needy families through purchase of back-to-school clothing and equipment, food and gifts at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter holidays distributed through the Human Services department;
  • Setting up, serving and cleaning up at the Mayor’s Annual Senior Citizen’s Dinner;
  • Sponsoring a girl’s softball team;
  • Reading books onto tape for a blind girl in Northborough;
  • Running babysitting courses for Middle School students;
  • Holding a fourth grade spelling bee;
  • Participating in the Citizens Scholarship Foundation city-wide spelling bee;
  • Funding police department initiatives such as providing emergency call alarms for abuse victims; age 6 of 27
  • Doing community room makeovers,
  • Supporting self defense classes for senior girls through Police Dept;
  • Providing books to public and school libraries
  • Providing appreciation baskets (on 9/11) to our local first responders
  • Participating in Second Saturday at Grace Baptist Church in Hudson, MA
  • Sponsoring and running the Metrowest Princess Boutique

Major fundraisers through the years have included:

  • Olde World Boutique held at Union Common,
  • Charity Night Dinner Dance,
  • Children’s Clothing Sale,
  • Breakfast with the Easter Bunny,
  • Thanksgiving pie sales,
  • Pictures with Santa
  • Comedy and Trivia Night Events
  • Dancing with Celebrities: Marlborough Style, Deal or No Deal Fundraiser, Death by Chocolate murder mystery, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Ad World murder mystery
  • The Best Prom You Never Had

Our fund raising efforts help us make donations to many local, state and national organizations including two scholarships for Marlborough High School seniors, the Boys and Girls Club, Marlboro All-Sports Booster Club, Children’s Trust Fund, CARE, MassSTAR leadership foundation, Operation Smile, Heifer International, as well as assisting city children with educational journeys to places such as Australia, China and England.

In 2011, Marlboro Juniors took over the Metrowest Princess Boutique — to help qualified girls get to the prom by easing the financial burden for them and their family. All items, dresses, shoes, make-up and accessories are free. The students will have the help of a personal shopper; make-up artists and seamstresses to make the whole outfit perfect for their prom or senior reception.

One of the distinctive characteristics of Junior Membership is embraced in the GFWC Motto: “Unity in Diversity” allowing for a diversity of programs and projects while working closely together in friendship and commitment.

The Best Prom You Never Had

If you are looking for a fun night out and want to relive some of the tunes from the 80s come to The Best Prom you Never Had. You will wear fancy clothes! You will dance! You will eat, and drink, and help us raise money for those in need in our community! You may be the prom king, or queen! You will have a great time!

Date: Saturday, February 8th, 2014
Time: start at 8 p.m.
Location: Speakers Night Club in Marlborough
Cost: $25/ per person
Cash Bar and DJ

A portion of our proceeds will benefit Metrowest Princess Boutique which is March 8, 2014. Music by Insufficient Funds and food catered by Buffet Way Catering Inc.

Tickets are available at the door.

Clothing and Food Drive for Local Homeless Families

Just before the holidays, nearly 40 families were moved into hotels in the Marlborough area as part of the state’s program to move families into hotels as shelters in the Boston area have filled up.  Read more about in this Community Advocate article.

MJWC member Katherine Hennessy jumped into action first organizing a coat drive followed by a non-perishable food drive. Friends, family and Juniors dropped off coats, gloves, hats, boots and mittens to Katherine’s house. Overall, there were donations of over 40 coats, 5 pairs of boots, multiple sets of hats & mittens, scarves, etc.

As she dropped off the coats, she found out that for many of the families assistance (and transportation) for food would likely be delayed due to the holidays. Katherine put out another plea for non-perishable food and, once again, friends, family and Juniors came through. Sixteen adult and children volunteers assisted with the packing and delivery on December 23rd, 2013 of the food.

Nearly 40 families received individual containers of food for their families. Donations included:

  • Parmalat Milk = 50 cartons
  • Soup = 47 cans
  • Fruit Cans = 62 cans
  • Veggie Cans = 48 cans
  • PB & Jelly and Fluff = 74 containers
  • Pasta = 38 packs
  • Mac & Cheese = 37 containers
  • Granola / Snack Bars = 100 bars
  • Oatmeal = 96 packs
  • Cereal Boxes = 37 boxes
  • Juice Boxes = 56 packs

Thank you Katherine, who is also a member of the Marlborough School Committee, for organizing this much needed help so quickly!

Food Donation for Homeless Families in Marlborough

Food Donation for Homeless Families in Marlborough

Second Saturday

One of our favorite ways to give back to the community is participating in Second Saturday. Grace Baptist Church in Hudson (map) organizes this monthly volunteer event, which features a bounty of jobs to meet the needs of local residents and non-profits. For the past several years, club members have showed up bright and early, often times bringing along friends and family, and pitched in to serve those in need. Some club members are leaders of regularly scheduled volunteer jobs, while others enjoy choosing from the variety of evolving tasks that help the elderly, disabled, and needy in the MetroWest community. We’ve cooked for soup kitchens, delivered furniture to families moving out of homeless shelters, created Thank You cards for service members overseas, played Bingo with the elderly, collected food for the food pantries, painted rooms for the disabled, cleaned up yards for aged Veterans, and much more! The Juniors LOVE Second Saturday, and plan to continue our involvement in this terrific volunteer project for years to come!

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