Written by Jane Scinta
In 2017, Brewster High School’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta was recognized for its dedication to serving the community with the Diane Rubin Service Award. With the grant money the chapter received, Brewster students are continuing to give back to their community, increasing the scope of their community service projects throughout the year.
This fall, the Brewster chapter collected pajamas and children’s books on behalf of the Pajama Program. In addition to bringing in donations from its 150 members, the club also used a portion of the grant money to supplement what was donated by the school community.
Brewster students also took their community service outside of school to a local supermarket, where they collected food donations to ensure that numerous families in need could have a full Thanksgiving dinner.
As the winter holidays approached, Brewster students took initiative in “adopting” three families in need, buying gifts for each family member to spread holiday spirit in the community. As students worked together to cross off all of the items on every family member’s wish list, they were able to make a difference for multiple Brewster families.
In the new year, Brewster students are beginning to prepare for their largest service project: the annual Math-a-Thon. Each year, third-grade students from the district are welcomed into the high school to participate in math activities. The students gain sponsorships from their friends and families to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. High school students from Mu Alpha Theta guide the young students through math challenges at a variety of stations, encouraging their love of mathematics and raising money for a worthy cause.
With the grant money received from winning the Diane Rubin Service Award, the Brewster chapter of Mu Alpha Theta is continuing to give back to the community. No matter what service project is currently underway, Brewster students have proven their dedication to service time and time again.