Letter from the President

Dear Friends,

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” As I think about the stories and photos in this month’s newsletter, I am reminded of the countless people in our community who are deeply involved in our work. So many people are working together to ensure that the children and families in our community are positioned for success at school, at work, and in life. 

Globetrotter Fun!

The Harlem Globetrotters came to town recently, and they didn’t want Square One families to miss out on the fun! The iconic basketball team donated 200 tickets so that our children and families could get in on the action.

From four-pointers to trick shots, the team did not fail to entertain! Our families had a ball! Thank you Harlem Globetrotters!

Thank You Peter Pan!

Last month, we welcomed Peter and Melissa Picknelly of Peter Pan Bus Lines as our newest “Adopt-A-Classroom” sponsors! Our children enjoyed a visit with these wonderful business owners and longtime supporters of Square One’s work in the community. Thank you, Peter and Melissa!

Abracadabra! Learning Can Be Magical!

What a treat it was to have a visit from magician Nick Blais! Thank you to Michelle Grout and Bridget Delaney from the Downtown Springfield BID for sponsoring the show. Our children and their teachers had a great time!

Preparing for Parenthood

Square One’s Joni Beck Brewer did an amazing job presenting alongside Maureen Perry Jenkins of UMASS at last month’s Project Access event. The two lead a great discussion on prenatal stress and depression, and the cognitive and health outcomes in children.

PJ Party Anyone?

We are so grateful to Kim Starkman and all our friends at the PJ Library of Western Massachusetts for their recent donation of dozens of pajamas for our children! 

Mittens for Learning and Mittens for Warmth!

Huge thanks to Sandi Mauro of Cartamundi for bringing us a wonderful donation of hats and mittens to keep our kiddos warm this winter! We are so grateful for our growing partnership!

Speaking of mittens, our children were treated to a visit from Elaine Stellato of Smith & Wesson who read one of her favorite stories, The Mitten by Jan Brett, and engaged our preschoolers in an activity to decorate their own mittens, following the story.

How we love and appreciate our friends in the community!

Furry, prickly, crawly, squirmy!

These are just a few of the adjectives that were used to describe our very special “guests” from the Forest Park Zoo On the Go program. Zoo On the Go is an educational outreach program that brings live animals, artifacts, and other educational materials to schools, day care centers, hospitals, retirement centers, camps, and other locations. This innovative program features a variety of animal ambassadors and artifacts. Presentations are designed to provide information about the animals, their special adaptations, habitats, behaviors, diets, and status in the wild.

Resiliency in Action Summit

Resiliency in Action is a collaborative effort between the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services' Young Children's System of Care and the Springfield Early Childhood Comprehensive System, a collective impact approach led by Square One as the back bone organization. 

Letter from the President

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone’s holidays were filled with happiness and cheerful times spent with family and friends.

We are very grateful to all the donors and volunteers who gave so generously of themselves to spread holiday cheer to hundreds of our families. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!