Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Run the 125th Boston Marathon as an official entrant!

Join the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club’s team as a charity runner and
receive professional coaching and fundraising support. Check this off your “bucket list” while supporting more than 700 Newton children and teens at the same time.

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2021 Boston Marathon® Official Charity Partner of BAA!
October 11, 2021

Nominations are now OPEN for the 2021 Newton SEPAC Special Educator Virtual Awards!

Here’s how the 2021 “Virtual” Awards will work:

  • Families will submit nominations using the Google Form
  • Each nominee will receive the text of the nomination in an email
  • The email to each nominee will also include messages of thanks from Mayor Fuller, the School Committee, Superintendent Fleishman, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Beth Fitzmaurice, and the SEPAC Board
  • Each nominee will receive a printed award that will be dropped off at their school or location in early June
  • Each Principal will receive a list of the nominees from their schools

For those new to Newton SEPAC, the annual Special Educator Awards are a way to honor NPS and OOD staff who have gone the extra mile to support our special education students. Nominees span a wide range of staff, including teachers, aides, BTs, therapists, bus drivers, crossing guards, administrators, other support staff, etc. All nominees receive an award. The Awards are usually held in person but will be virtual in 2021 for the second year running. Fingers crossed for an in-person gathering in 2022!

Please go to to submit your nominations by May 17, 2021.Feel free to pass on the nomination link to SEPAC families.

Please contact the Board with any questions, and submit your nominations soon!

Now accepting nominations: NFP Teen Ambassador Program (TAP)

Currently seeking community-minded, motivated teens to apply for the Teen Ambassador Program (TAP).

This selective year-long program offers middle and high school students the opportunity for personal growth while serving the greater good in the Newton community. Accepted teens serve as ambassadors for the Newton Food Pantry, while developing leadership skills in volunteer service and community organizing. TAP members take part in a customized training program, taught by community leaders, including topics such as non-profit organizational management, community organizing and public speaking. Students are given an “insider” experience at the Newton Food Pantry, where they will learn how a successful non-profit organization runs and gain a better understanding of the impact that the NFP has in the community.

Find out more and consider applying HERE.


Mental Health: Continuing the Conversation

Join Mayor Fuller, Samaritans Inc., and Families for Depression Awareness to learn more about suicide prevention, recognizing depression and bipolar disorder, and the important work being done to reduce the stigma of mental health issues in our community.

Register online at

May 6th,  6:30 – 8:00 pm via Zoom

Invitation to #SpeakUp Summit

Join a global community tackling climate change. Students ages 10-15 are coming together to learn from one another and youth leaders how young people can make their voices heard in the debate about responding to climate change.

This is a free program open to any student regardless of any experience they have with debate or otherwise. Here is the invitation directly from students already planning to attend:

Students can register here. Check the flyer here.

May 8th, 11:00 am