Annual Back to School Drive – Jewish Family Services

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Volunteers who sorted and stuffed hundreds of school supplies for those in need

All of us here at S&S Worldwide were proud to support and sponsor the Jewish Family Services 3rd Annual Back to School Drive.

Benefitting Greater Hartford Families & JFS Clients in Need

It’s hard to believe August has come to an end, the last month of summer, and the new school year will officially begin soon and has already started for many schools. With that comes the hustle and bustle of getting our children ready for the start of school. As a mother of three daughters ages 11, 9 and 4, I know firsthand how busy and stressful this time can be for families. However, imagine the added pressure of not having the resources to purchase new school supplies for your children. Unfortunately, this is the case for many families in our community.

This past month, I was proud to co-chair the Jewish Family Services (JFS) Third Annual Back to School Drive, which benefitted low-income children throughout Greater Hartford. In partnership with the Mandell JCC’s Family Room and PJ Library of Greater Hartford, the goal of the Back to School Drive is to prepare children with the tools they need to feel organized, self-confident and motivated to succeed in the classroom. Continue reading



Spreading Kindness in the Colchester Community

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As a part of the Colchester Connecticut community, S&S is proud to highlight the efforts of a small group right here in our town. Michelle Noehren shares the efforts of a group called Colchester is Kind.

It’s so easy to spread kindness, and it doesn’t require any money. Small, every day actions, like smiling at people you meet, asking people how they are and really wanting to know, saying something encouraging to a friend or child or volunteering to help an organization you care about all have the potential to make a lasting impact.

In August of 2016, a private Facebook group called Colchester is Kind was created with the goal of building a stronger sense of community by spreading messages of kindness and compassion around the town. Within the first month of the groups’ creation, members gathered at the library for a kindness rock painting get together which included a kindness-themed story time for children. Continue reading



Makerspace & STEAM Learning Activity – Destination Imagination

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Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit experiential learning organization dedicated to preparing students for the future through hands-on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) and social entrepreneurship Challenges. Students work together in teams to solve one of our seven Challenges and then have the opportunity to showcase their solutions at tournaments. At the culmination of our Destination Imagination season, top-tiered teams from around the world earn a spot to compete at Global Finals – the world’s largest celebration of creativity. This year’s Global Finals was held May 24-27, 2017 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and was supported by innovative, forward-thinking companies including Ford Motor Company. Continue reading



3 Crafty Ways to Label Your Vegetable Garden

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This year at S&S, a few of us in the Marketing Department decided to grow our own vegetable garden! There are garden beds at the end of the lot that are open for employees to use. After we decided what types of vegetables and herbs we wanted in the garden, we set out to plant. When the plants started flourishing, we came up with a few creative ways to label them!

Painted Rocks

Gather some large rocks. It works best to find flat rocks that can easily be painted. We found a few good ones around our building. You can choose to paint a picture of the veggies with acrylic paint, then add the name over it or to the side. You can also just paint the names, or just the picture. There are so many fun options for painting rocks! Once you are happy with your designs and they are dry, cover them with outdoor Mod Podge for a coating. Since they will be outdoors, this step is important. Now you can display them in the garden! Here is a photo of our eggplant, zucchini, jalepeno, and pepper.

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Lawn Games for Recreation and STEM

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On May 24, 2017, the curtain rose on Destination Imaginations Global Finals 2017 – a week-long celebration of creativity. Destination Imagination, Inc. is a leading educational nonprofit dedicated to teaching students the 21st century skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond. We develop project-based learning programs that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship.

Global Finals is the culminating event of every Destination Imagination (DI) season. DI Teams that advance past Regional and Affiliate (state/country) Tournaments are invited to participate in Global Finals at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The scheduled festivities include the Destination Imagination Tournament, interactive exhibits, pin trading, skills workshops, international events and a whole lot of fun! This year, we decided to add some large-scale games for students to enjoy when they arrived at the event. Continue reading



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