The Leaders of Tomorrow have conducted two blood drives at ForeKicks. We hope to offer another one during the Fall of 2021.
AMSA students frequently participate in community service projects, contributing hundreds of hours of their time each year directly to non-profits and raising money for charitable causes. If your organization is looking for volunteers, contact Mark Vital at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our students prepare monthly cards for the Alzheimer's patients at Hearthstone, and they have also visited and sang holiday carols. A new program slated to begin in the fall of 2021 will create an unpaid internship at Hearthstone so that students can learn about neuroscience, Alzheimer's, and therapies.
June's Kitchen at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Marlborough is a local "soup kitchen" that provides a free meal to those who are in need. This dinner happens every Saturday night. AMSA prepares and serves a meal every second Saturday of the month. We have also raised over 500 winter coats (and other winter attire) for their weekly thrift store (everything is free).
The Marlborough American Legion sponsors one of our students to attend the week-long Boy's States and a girl for Girl's State. The American Legion also sponsors a state-wide oratorical speech competition that our students have competed in, and finally, they provide local scholarships.
Our students have worked countless hours manicuring and blazing miles of trails throughout the city of Marlborough's Conservation Commission. We have also held an annual clean-up days at Ghiloni Park. Finally, we have supported the city's Recreation Commission by working the Night of Lights for the last five years.
AMSA has sent cards to the residents of Marlborough Hills since March 2020. Our 6th grade students have also sang holiday songs to the residents for many years.
Our Leaders of Tomorrow help the Chamber with their community events that include Recycling Day and Tastes of Marlborough. We also have two students who volunteer at the Chamber. The Chamber also offers an annual scholarship to a student at AMSA.
The Marlborough Rotary Club sponsors our Interact Club (leadership development) throughout the school year. The Rotary also sends 4-6 of our students to their weekend-long student-leadership program call RYLA. Finally, they offer local scholarships.
AMSA students support SMOC in many ways, from running an after school reading program to hosting an annual "I Love to Read" carnival. Students in our AP Psychology class do observations and games in the classes. Leaders of Tomorrow students hold toiletry and clothing drives for Roland's House (homeless shelter in Marlborough) and Willis House (safe house in Hudson) run by SMOC.
AMSA has a long-standing relationship with the Special Olympics. Our students have volunteered at many of their state competitions. In recent years, we have volunteered at track & field, basketball, bowling, and skiing events.
This local, popular non-profit was founded in an AMSA 6th grade class 10 years ago. Mr. Vital and his 6th graders started collecting Boston-team hoodies, hats, gloves, and socks for homeless veterans living in the Vets, Inc. shelter in Worcester. The organization receives support from many families and from an annual lower school talent show. The organization last year passed out over 2,000 hoodies to homeless veterans throughout New England and North Carolina.
Our students have prepared cards for the residents since March 2020. The Leaders of Tomorrow have volunteered there by supporting residents in games, arts & crafts and we have offered basic classes in technologies.
We have supported the Thrive Leadership Academy by providing four students who acted as peer-mentors to their program. This program is in its third year.
AMSA students participate in a four-week, volunteer summer internship program. The structured program exposes the students to different departments at the hospital. The hospital also offers numerous scholarships to graduating seniors.
Six of our students volunteer here once a month. They prepare and serve food to the most needy in greater Clinton. They also cleanup prior to leaving. AMSA has been doing this project for six years.
The Marlborough STEM Council, founded by AMSA Community Outreach Mgr. Mark Vital, partners with local technology companies to encourage students to enter STEM fields.
The council has held several panel discussions for students at AMSA, Marlborough High School, and Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. Engineers and scientists from Quest Diagnostics, Boston Scientific, Raytheon, Viasat, Cochlear Americas, Cytiva, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, and Dupont. shared their personal experiences and advice.