Monthly Archives: August 2014

Neighbor to Neighbor holds successful annual food drive

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This year’s 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive was the largest yet for Greenwich food pantry Neighbor to Neighbor.

More than 43,000 pounds of food was collected, far surpassing last year’s record of 33,500 pounds. 2014 also marked the first year that all food collected within Greenwich stayed local. This year, the National Association of Letter Carriers leadership in the Cos Cob, Riverside and Old Greenwich post offices, also joined to support Neighbor to Neighbor

Kings Food Market in Old Greenwich provided the blue bags that were distributed to each resident’s mailbox prior to the drive. Each bag provided a code for discounts at Kings for those shopping during a weekend in May.

Kings supports Neighbor to Neighbor in a variety of ways through its Act Against Hunger initiative.

Neighbor to Neighbor provides free food to more 1,000 Greenwich residents every month and clothing to residents of Greenwich, Stamford and Port Chester, N.Y. As a part of its programming, it also gives school-aged children summer supplements, which aim to bridge the gap left by the lack of free or reduced price school-based meals during the summer months.

For more information or to make a donation, visit N-to-n.org.

Bobby Walker Jr., Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, CEO as of July 1, 2014

Bobby is a seasoned educator, administrator and coach who has spent two decades working with young people. He is currently Head of the Middle School at King (formerly King Low Heywood School) in Stamford, CT, where he has served for nine years.  At King, Bobby also teaches 8th grade history and serves on the Admissions Committee and the Strategic Plan Task Force.  From 2000 to 2005, Bobby was Dean of Middle School Students at McDonogh School, a boarding and day school in Owings Mills, MD.  Bobby launched his teaching career in 1995 at his alma mater, St. Marks School of Texas in Dallas, where he taught U.S. History, Language Arts and Life Skills.

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Bobby told us, “I am truly honored to be selected as the CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich.  As a young man, the Boys Club of Dallas played an integral role in my life when I needed guidance and support. This is what the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich can do for every child who walks through our doors.  Working with the dedicated staff at the Club, I am eager to build on the work that has already taken place, and discover new ways to prepare Greenwich youth to ‘realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.’” Read more.

Children’s Literacy Initiative Welcomes New Executive Director Joel Zarrow, Ph.D.

Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 2.03.37 PM“In my first several weeks as Executive Director of Children’s Literacy Initiative, I have had the opportunity to introduce myself to a lot of new people. It is important to me to convey aspects of myself that aren’t necessarily apparent from my resume or some surreptitious Google search that we might do when we want to find out about the new person joining the team. I want people to get a sense of my values and beliefs that guide me in my work.Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 2.02.48 PM

It made me think about the NPR segment called, “This, I Believe,” where ordinary and not so ordinary people talk about what matters to them, what they believe in. Here is my take on “This, I Believe.”

I believe in CLI’s mission. I believe that in education, there is nothing more important than ensuring kids can read and write at grade-level by third grade. I agree with those who stand up and say that equity in education is one of the civil rights issues of our time. CLI is turning what is so often rhetoric into action and impact.” Click Here to read more.