December Message

During the holiday season, many families look for ways to help others in need. If your family’s time is limited, consider just one or two projects a year and make them a family tradition (for example, making and donating gift baskets to care facilities for the elderly around the holidays). 
Why should your family lend a helping hand? 
It feels good 
It strengthens your community 
It can strengthen your identity as a family 
What can children learn from volunteering? 
A sense of responsibility—children learn about commitment, to be on time, do their best, and be proud of the results. 
One person, one family can make a difference—children learn that they and their family can have an impact on someone or something else. 
The benefit of sacrifice—children learn that there are important things besides themselves. 
Cooperation and unity—children learn that working together as a family can unite the family and that two heads are better than one. 
Job skills—children learn about fields that may help them decide on future careers. 
How to fill idle time wisely—children learn to use time to help others. Ultimately, children learn that we're all responsible for the well-being of our communities. 
Whatever community service you choose, your community and your family will benefit.

We hope you enjoy the holiday season.  May your days be merry and bright!

Andover Faculty and Staff


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