Broad Meadows Middle School

The Broad Meadows JFK Make A Difference Award winners with Steven Grossman, Treasurer of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Broad Meadows Middle School is a school with a mission: teaching students to be a force for positive change through programs like Operation Day’s Work (ODW). Founded at Broad Meadows, ODW is a “kids helping kids” program to raise funds and awareness for issues around education and youth development. Participating schools in Massachusetts and Vermont selected GoodWeave as ODW’s 2010-11 beneficiary.

Broad Meadows’ students found creative ways to spread the word about GoodWeave and the communities it serves. For example, a project called Krista’s Challenge asked a small sacrifice of participants: to give up all forms of personal technology for 24 hours. As Krista, the eighth-grader who developed the challenge, writes, “Our peers in developing countries like Nepal have so much less than we do. Survival is their daily luxury. What if we shut off our personal technology and gave ourselves time to think deeply about our blessings and our global peers’ daily challenges?”

Participating students wrote about their experience without the technology that is integral to their lives. Some students failed to last the 24 hours, returning to television, phones or Xboxes when boredom set in. Others, however, used the technology-free time to connect more with loved ones, whether playing Legos with a younger brother, playing basketball with an uncle or walking the family dog.

Whether or not the students completed it, the fast had the desired effect. Jacklyn, one student, said: “I’ve been thinking of giving up cell phones, electronic luxuries; they don’t even amount to the things poor girls and boys don’t have in Nepal. They fight for things like running water, a lamp for reading or even keeping warm. We just have to remember that we are so lucky to have a life full of chances and everything else that we feel we cannot live without.”

The connection between Broad Meadows Middle School and GoodWeave’s mission is particularly poignant, as more than 15 years ago, a Pakistani rug slave-turned-activist named Iqbal Masih was invited to speak at Broad Meadows when he visited the United States to accept the Reebok Human Rights Prize. Tragically when Iqbal returned to Pakistan, he was murdered for his activism on Easter Day, April 16, 1995. Broad Meadows teacher Ron Adams has championed the cause ever since, and with his students and support of the school administration, founded ODW, a story echoed by GoodWeave USA’s founder Nina Smith, who also got involved in fighting child slavery in the rug industry more than 10 years ago upon learning about Iqbal’s story.

Participating ODW schools are well on their way to their target goal of $10,000.  Krista’s Challenge raised $240 by asking those who could not participate in the fast to donate. Students also participated in Penny Power, an annual school-wide spare change challenge, which raised 100,500 pennies, or $1,005, for ODW and GoodWeave.

Broad Meadows and other ODW schools are continuing to brainstorm creative ways to raise money for GoodWeave, in turn inspiring other students and adults alike to do the same.

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If you prefer to mail your tax-deductible donation, send a check or money order payable to GoodWeave, a 501(c)(3) organization

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To make a donation by phone, call 202-234-9050.

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GoodWeave EXCELs

GoodWeave’s Nina Smith won the 2012 Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership (EXCEL) Award, which honors Washington-area nonprofit leaders who demonstrate innovation, motivation, community building, inclusiveness and ethical integrity.

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