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Learn about wines from around the world through this virtual wine tasting presentation. As part of Virtual WorldFest Weekend 2020, you will have a chance to learn about the culture surrounding wines from a number of regions around the world.

4 Pillars of Success

This week, on Wednesday, May 6 , Jennifer Mack, M. Ed, presented 4 Pillars of Success: Thriving During These Uncertain Times of Quarantine and Remote Learning. Jennifer has been in education for over 17 years and is a MA certified elementary teacher for grades 1-6.  She provides personalized academic support to students based on each child's needs and learning style.  Through work with teachers, parents and students Jennifer's goal is to help students feel confident in themselves and their abilities and to help parents, guardians and teachers learn how to best support their students throughout their academic career. You can watch a Video of this program below. 

The Woburn Parent's Network, a collaboration between Woburn Public Schools, SCI and the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club, was just launched two weeks ago with a great presentation by Jen Mahon on setting up family routines.  Last week John Mattleman presented on mental health issues affecting our kids during quarantine.  The goal of the WPN is to create a support group of parents in Woburn who can lean on each other in good times and crazy pandemic times alike.  Eventually, WPN will have in person events and meetings to build more camaraderie within the group.  For now, WPN will host Zoom presentations on topics that will hopefully help us all grow though this difficult time rather than just "get through" it.  

This program from the Woburn Parent Network is funded through CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, coordinated by SCI in partnership with Woburn Public Schools and the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn.

Just a few days into this pandemic SCI set up the FB group SERV (SCI Engaging Resident Volunteers).  Through this group so many great efforts have taken place!  From mask making to food shopping and delivering Easter dinners the people of Woburn have really stepped up for each other!

Various women in the community were able to connect to begin collaborating on mask making, eventually calling themselves Masks for Tanners.  There are many generous people making masks right now.  Masks for Tanners alone has created and delivered hundreds of free masks to hospitals, first responders, senior citizens through the senior center, local nursing homes and more.  

As the economy has slowed to a halt more and more people are finding that they need to turn to the Food Pantry at Social Concern.  Need is up more than 40% at the Food Pantry.  Through SERV volunteers have shown up to pick up and deliver emergency boxes of food from the pantry to the families in need.  Volunteers have gone grocery shopping for people with health concerns to save them the trip.  People have donated gift cards to restaurants and grocery stores and delivered these straight to the people who need them.   Easter weekend volunteers from SERV cooperated with St Anthony's Parish in Woburn to deliver over 30 meals to seniors.