Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

On-line tutoring available this summer

Experienced tutor available this summer! Haralie Alpert, retired from the Wellesley Public Schools, lives and tutors in Newton. Haralie works with K-5th grade students in reading, writing and math and can make remote learning fun, engaging and a great learning experience!

Please contact Haralie Alpert, M.Ed., MS at or 617-630-0608.

Virtual Reality & Unity Developer Introductory Program

Immerse yourself in 3D and Virtual Reality (VR) Development this summer.

The AR and VR industry is expected to exceed $200 billion in market size by 2023 according to Statistica. Today’s students can develop the skills to become XR creators and learn about career pathways for these skills across industries. The High School Introductory VR Developer Course is a 6-week program that will prepare students to understand the elements of immersive experience design while learning to use Unity, an industry-standard software tool for XR development.

June 29th – August 7th, (weekly time commitment: 8 hours of live online instruction plus ~8 hours of independent study and project time). Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Wednesdays, Fridays: 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Prerequisites: None; coding experience encouraged

Program Features:

  • Virtual Reality & Unity: Students learn the high demand skill of 3D and Virtual Reality development and use Unity, an industry-standard tool for XR software development
    Professional Portfolio: Students work on building and publishing their own VR application
  • Career Exploration: Students learn about career pathways in XR (Extended Reality) with input from special guests from industry during the program
  • Expert Instructors: Instructors are subject-matter experts with extensive experience in professional VR development as well as instruction in an academic setting. The lead instructor for the program is Dr. Lori Landay, a Professor at Berklee College.Program

Cost: $2,500 (early registration offer $500 off for applications received prior to June 5th)

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XR Terra is a workforce accelerator that trains learners in XR (Extended Reality – AR, VR and MR) technologies.

Newton Food Pantry Front Porch Drive: Diapers & Baby Wipes

Please Support the Newton Food Pantry Front Porch Drive: Diapers & Baby Wipes

Many food pantry clients have young children and are in need of diapers and wipes. Please see important details surrounding this critical drive and signup sheet HERE.

Once you signup, all donated diapers/wipes can be dropped off on the front porch of 133 Waban Ave., Waban from May 28th to May 31st. Any questions please email: Thank you for your generous support!

Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Appreciation

Interested in thanking our crossing guards, bus drivers, and van drivers? Newton Safe Routes to School normally hosts Bus Driver/Crossing Guard Appreciation Day in June each year to thank these important community safety helpers.

This year instead appreciation will be in the form of a photo collage from grateful families all across Newton. If you’d like to participate, make a sign thanking them, hold it up, snap a pic, and email it to by Friday, June 5th. Adults and kids alike are welcome to make signs! Please note that the photo will be shared.

May is National Bike Month. For tips on bike sizing, the ABC’s and helmet fit, visit

Emergency Housing Relief Program

Are you struggling to pay your rent because you have lost income due to COVID-19?

The City of Newton in partnership with Metro West Collaborative Development is providing three months of rent assistance to qualified individuals and families. Please see the flyer HERE and visit the web page at COVID-19 EMERGENCY HOUSING RELIEF PROGRAM for details and application instructions. The application deadline is June 3, 2020.

This information is also available in Arabic الترجمة العربية ; Chinese 简体中文; Japanese 日本語; Korean 한국어; Portuguese português; Russian русский; Spanish español; Turkish Türk Dili; and Vietnamese Tiếng Việt.

Contact Robyn to begin the process by emailing or calling 617-923-3505 x 5. Translation services available. Applications received after June 3rd will be added to the bottom of the list and considered while funding lasts.