Brandeis to host first Plympton family night

March 25, 2015

In light of the success of Stanley Family Night, Clubs in Service (CIS) will be hosting the first annual Plympton Family Night on April 13. The event will be hosted at the local Plympton Elementary School, where Brandeis students and organizations will have the opportunity to volunteer with children and their families.

According to Ariana Sachne ’15, co-facilitator of the CIS Committee alongside peer Erica Schutzman ’17, “The goal of this event is to get Brandeis students involved in the Waltham community in a positive way.”

Modeled after the popular Stanley Family Night, most recently hosted in December of 2014, Plympton Family Night will feature activities for elementary school children at no cost to the families, thereby extending the event to families of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Sachne explained, “We also want to give the students of Plympton Elementary School a chance to have fun for free!”

Sachne explained that the primary distinction between Stanley Family Night and Plympton Family Night will be size, with Plympton Elementary School possessing limited space. Despite this challenge, Sachne explained that more than 10 Brandeis clubs and organizations are planning to attend, including Brandeis Football Club, Brandeis Television Club and various Waltham Group programs.

“We have all types of activities from picture frame making to soccer drills. We welcome all types of activities to this event,” Sachne stated.

Although the event is primarily targeted towards elementary age children, Sachne explained that students are encouraged to bring older siblings and their families as well.

Incentivized by the success of Stanley Family Night, Sachne stated that with the support of the Department of Community Living and the CIS Committee, as well as through collaboration with co-facilitator Schutzman, she was able to seize the initiative to contact the principal and vice principal of Plympton Family Night with her proposal for the event.

Previous collaboration with Plympton Elementary School has been fostered through programs such as Junior Brandeis Achievers (JBA) and Tutoring in Public Schools (T.I.P.S.), Sachne stated.

“CIS is a committee of 10 people who coordinate large scale events to get Brandeis students involved in social justice and the Waltham community,” Sachne concluded.

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