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Community Partners

Kennedy-Longfellow students, families, and staff have sponsored and supported many programs that benefit our community. Here are a few of our partners:

Draper Laboratory, IBM, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Through the KeyPal Program, all fifth graders from the Kennedy-Longfellow Elementary School are paired with employees from Draper Laboratory, IBM, and MIT. The program provides adult role models, fosters the improvement of writing and computer skills, and increases career awareness through one-on-one virtual mentoring and face-to-face visits in the workplace and at the school. Both Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) and Kennedy-Longfellow School staff members coordinate the program.

Lesley University Technology Partnership
reading_buddies.jpgThanks to the generosity of Albert Merck, Lesley University and the Kennedy-Longfellow School (KLO) in Cambridge, MA, have partnered to create new knowledge about enhancing teaching and learning through the integration of technology into the curriculum. A fundamental goal of this project is to demonstrate that technology can transform the roles and relationships of students and teachers. In support of this goal, all kindergarten through fifth grade students currently have 1:1 iPad access in their classrooms loaded with grade-level apps as well as classroom laptops to use as needed. Also available are a mobile laptop cart, SmartBoards, document cameras, flip video cameras, and digital cameras.

Mass Audubon
Through our partnership with Mass Audubon, third grade students at the Kennedy-Longfellow School participate in hands-on in-class activities as well as field experiences to the Charles River and Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont. Such meaningful experiences support and enrich the content of the third grade habitat science unit.

Pennies for Patients
Since 1993, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students throughout the country through the Pennies for Patients® program. These funds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Everyone who participates is a winner!

Every year the students of the Longfellow School have donated their extra pennies to support Leukemia research. Once again our students will be asking individuals to donate their spare change!

Support for Area Shelters
The family shelters in Cambridge are looking for donations of diapers, sheets, crib sheets, towels. Please call Diane & Sharon for additional information and where to bring your donation at 617.349.6688.

Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Through the Cambridge School Volunteer’s Reading Buddies program, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center employees read to 2nd and 3rd grade students at the Kennedy-Longfellow School each week. For the past 15 years, Volpe employees have served as mentor-readers, fostering strong relationships with students through rich text discussion.