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

Building a School in Kenya – Only Love Foundation


Only Love FoundationOnly Love Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization dedicated to building classrooms and bringing educational resources to impoverished communities and less fortunate children around the world.

Currently, we are campaigning to raise enough funds in order to build a school in Homabay County, Kenya. Unfortunately, the current schooling system in this Kenya community is run down, unsanitary and unsafe. We are looking to build a school to sustainably facilitate children of all ages in the community, Continue reading

Meaningful Earth Day Activities for After School


There are so many ways to celebrate our beautiful planet on Earth Day. Planting a plant, making an earth craft, or cleaning up the trash in a local neighborhood (S&S does it every year), all have a lesson attached to them that lend mother nature a helping hand. Elementary and Middle School aged children are perfect to begin instilling important “green” practices with. If done in a meaningful way, these lessons will be carried with them and hopefully formed into habits down the road. We’ve listed four of our favorite meaningful activities for Earth Day for after school or during the school day. For for even more ideas, check out our other posts, 10 of our Favorite Green Crafts and Quick Tips for a Greener Classroom.

A Relay Race for Mother Earth

Get active for Earth Day with Recycle Games! With the Olympics just around the corner, it is perfect timing. Our friends at Education World have some great relay activities that combine Earth Day lessons and team building fun. Here is one of our favorites:

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Youth Futures in Israel – Community Support


youth futures S&S worldwideLast month, S&S Worldwide donated craft kits and classroom supplies to the Youth Futures program in Afula. These supplies will help students in the program as well as adult immigrants in Israel at Ulpans, or schools, where they are taught to speak and write Hebrew. We were ecstatic to hear that our donations were much appreciated by the children and their Youth Futures mentors.

Dina Roemer from The Jewish Agency of Israel told S&S Worldwide Chairman & CEO Steve Schwartz the great news, “They have everything and are thrilled…I wanted to let you know as soon as I heard the good news, first hand, and to, again, express our deepest appreciation to you for your generosity and determination to see this through…”

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