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Boston College Reopening Plan 2020
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BC Dining Services and the Office of Governmental & Community Affairs donate and deliver tubs of ice cream to the John M Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton and the West Suburban YMCA
Boston College throws an ice cream party for the kids at the West Suburban YMCA's Camp Pikati
BC donates diapers to those in need
After food, the number one requested item during the pandemic---DIAPERS! Thank you Father Leahy, Mayor Walsh and the BC Task Force for approving a Neighborhood Improvement Fund (NIF) grant enabling BC to bulk purchase 161,000 diapers, sizes 0 to 5, to assist the Allston-Brighton Diaper Pantry, Charles River Community Health Center, Martha Eliot Health Center and the Brazilian Worker Center all stepping up to assist families during the pandemic. #eaglesforothers
A note from the West End House in Allston
"A passionate thank you to Boston College for their generous donation of frozen meals, cheese, yogurt, and bread for our Family Food Program. Support from dedicated community partners like Boston College makes it possible for us to continue to provide healthy meals and snacks, rich in whole grains, dairy and protein to our West End House community. Thank you Boston College for your commitment to our community!"
Curbside for a Cause
Did you know that with every Curbside for a Cause meal purchase, BC Dining donates four meals for distribution to feed people in need? BC Dining and Office of Governmental & Community Affairs delivered 375 individual meals, plus 70 lbs of cheese, 800 Signature Breads rolls, and 2232 Stonyfield yogurt pouches to the West End House in Allston. Together we can make a difference.
BC Dining delivers 2,300 frozen meals
BC Dining Services donated and delivered 2,300 frozen meals to the Brazilian Worker Center/Centro do Trabalhador Brasileiro (BWC) in Allston, the first installment of 5,340 meals that had been prepared by the University in the event of an emergency to feed students during the pandemic. These complete meals were added to fresh produce, rice, beans and other staples that BWC distributes to approx 3K households in Boston and surrounding communities on a weekly basis. Thanks again to Boston College's Office of Governmental and Community Affairs and the City of Boston for coordinating this effort.
BC Dining brings BBQ to Boston shelters
On May 8th, BC Dining Services prepared BBQ pork, rolls, bean salad, and cookies to be distributed to men’s and women’s shelters in the Boston Public Health & Recovery system. The team has also been busy baking honey buns, dinner, and sub rolls to be included in 3K+ bags of groceries for distribution to local families in the Boston, Brighton and Allston neighborhoods. Thanks to the generosity of Rich Products and Signature Breads for donating the delicious ingredients. And thanks to Boston College's Office of Governmental & Community Affairs, Food Link Inc., CommonWealth Kitchen, Huntington Avenue YMCA, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Planning and Development Agency, and Boston Public Health Commission staff for their tireless work of coordinating this vital food delivery.
BC Delivers Food to Boston Shelters
This week, the BC Dining Services team prepared over 2500 individual yogurt parfait with fruit & granola and delivered them to several men’s shelters and women’s shelters in the City of Boston. Yogurt parfait cups were also delivered to the Huntington Avenue YMCA and Grant Manor Food Pantry in Roxbury. Thanks to Food Link Inc., Boston Area Gleaners & BPDA for partnering with Boston College to provide much needed food to our most vulnerable.
Thanks also to BC's Office of Government & Community Affairs for coordinating this important effort with the City of Boston. Also, thank you to BC's Volunteer and Service Learning Center for their help with outreach and delivery to the Grant Manor Food Pantry in Roxbury.
Read Aloud, Virtually
When the pandemic eliminated classroom visits, volunteers in BC's Read Aloud program found a creative way to stay connected to schoolchildren.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought disruption to nearly all aspects of daily life. For the 52 current and retired Boston College employees who participate in the University’s award-winning Read Aloud program, it meant school closings and the end to classroom visits with the students at St. Columbkille Partnership School and Thomas Edison K-8 School, both in Brighton.
But Read Aloud volunteer John O’Grady, facility operations manager in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, found a creative way to stay connected to the second-graders at St. Columbkille. On his own, he recorded a video where he read aloud The Night Before St. Patrick's Day. He sent his virtual read aloud to SCPS second-grade teacher Kaitlyn Moran who shared O’Grady’s video via SeeSaw, the platform the school is using for students in grades PreK-3.
“The kids loved it!” Moran wrote in an email. She noted that SeeSaw is an interactive platform and the students responded to O’Grady’s virtual read aloud by writing that they loved the book or thought it was funny. Several wrote “thank you for reading to us.”
Others responded by uploading videos or pictures of leprechauns and leprechaun traps—ideas from the book.
O’Grady, who has been participating in Read Aloud for 19 years, said he was inspired by his daughter Alanna, a creative director at The Paint Bar who was using Zoom and Facebook Live to reach out to toddlers and school-aged children.
After learning that O’Grady had created a video, Read Aloud coordinator Laura Bitran of the Office of Government and Community Affairs emailed all the Read Aloud participants suggesting they create videos and send them to the teachers to share with students, after first contacting the teachers. Information Technology Services Assistant Manager Jon McGrath held a Google Hangout to help any readers needing assistance in creating videos.
“This a terrific demonstration of how we can create new possibilities in order to curtail the fear among us while also respecting social distancing,” said Bitran, who added that a number of other volunteer readers have gone on to create videos for their classrooms as well.
With support from Human Resources, Bitran has organized the Read Aloud program since its inception in 1995. She called O’Grady one of the “pillars” of the program. He has already created a second read aloud video for Casey at the Bat.
For O’Grady, the time he spends reading aloud to the students reminds him of when he and his wife would read to their own now-grown children. “The students really seem to appreciate and look forward to their sessions with the readers. They listen and ask good questions. I look forward to the time with them.”
Moran, who graduated from the Lynch School of Education and Human Development in 2016 and is now enrolled in graduate studies at the Lynch School, said she appreciated not only the work O’Grady put into creating the video, but also his care for the students.
“We know that the students are feeling a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty during this time,” she wrote. “Our goal is to provide the students with as much of a sense of normalcy, routine, and connection as possible. Sharing videos from BC Readers helps to increase that normalcy, routine, and connection and helps to provide a lighthearted distraction.”
Added Bitran: “It’s a way for us to show the children and our school partners that we have not forgotten them.”
-Kathy Sullivan, University Communcations