Child comfort and support kits for children in homeless shelters, donations of Spanish language books for an aftercare program, and collections of granola bars and other nutritional treats for service men and women and first responders were among the many creative efforts undertaken during Community Service Week in the Westfield Public School District.

Community Service Week — held this year during the week of March 22 — is organized each year by the Parent Teacher Council and school Parent Teacher Organizations, who found ways to continue the annual tradition in the midst of the pandemic.

Some schools utilized online “Wish Lists” of much-needed items to collect for food banks, animal rescues, and other charitable organizations.  Students joined the various efforts through involvement in student government, community service clubs, and other student organizations.  

“Community Service Week is an important part of who we are as a school community,” says Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan.  “I am grateful to the PTC, our PTOs, and our students and staff for their year-round commitment to helping others.”