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Last Chance to Support THE GIVING PROJECT 2018

Even if you weren’t able to come to The Giving Project pot luck dinner and presentations last week, please consider making a donation online.

All funds collected will be shared between the 4 great local non-profits listed below, helping them to continue the outstanding work they are doing in our community.Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Brown/Oak Hill Giving Project such a success!  Through your generosity and support, we have already raised over $1,200 to be divided among our four finalist organizations!!

All of these charities have a deep connection to a student, teacher or family in the Brown or Oak Hill community and you may learn more here:  (

828 Boston  (

Baby Basics  (

Newton Wellesley Weston Committee for Community Living (

You can still make a difference by making an online donation today.  Every dollar counts!

Donate to the Giving Project 


Chair or Co-Chairs of Annual Fall Parent Social

Last year’s all-parent event was a fabulous Sunday Brunch! In prior years, our Fall Social has been a weeknight wine & cheese reception. It’s been hosted in parent homes, community centers and even at local businesses (after hours).

You get the picture – the organizers can be as creative as they’d like (within the PTO’s budget of course!). If this sounds like an event you’d like to plan, please be in touch with the PTO Presidents for more information.

The Giving Project Potluck Dinner 2018


Brown/Oak Hill Giving Project Potluck Dinner!

Thursday, May 3  – 6:00-8:00 pm in the Brown Cafeteria

The Giving Project Potluck is a special community event that brings families from Brown and Oak Hill together over a delicious meal while raising awareness and funds for some of the many charities supported by our students and faculty. Don’t miss this great opportunity to make a difference!


The Giving Project Finalists

826 Boston (

Newton Wellesley Weston Committee for Community Living (  (

Baby Basics  (

What Happens Next?   The Fun Part!

  1. The community comes together at the Giving Project Potluck Dinner on Thursday, May 3, 6-8pm in the Brown Cafeteria.
    Attendees bring a donation and a favorite dish to share with friends old and new, and hear presentations about the 4 selected organizations.
  2. Everyone “votes” for their favorite organization(s) with pennies.
    Once the presentations are over, 4 jars will be placed on a table, one for each organization.  Every participant is then given the same number of pennies, and asked to “donate” their pennies to the organization(s) of their choice by placing them in the appropriate jar(s).
  3. The funds collected are shared between the organizations according to how many pennies they get.
    At the end of the evening the pennies in each jar will be tallied, and all the funds raised through donations will be divided up between the 4 organizations in proportion to the amount of pennies they each receive.

RSVP for the Potluck

Bring a dish and a donation, and join us on Thursday, May 3, from 6-8 pm, in the Brown cafeteria!  Enjoy great food, catch up with old friends, make new friends, and help us raise funds and spread the word about some great non-profit organizations.

Please click here to RSVP, and tell us what dish you will be bringing, also to volunteer to help at the event, or sign up to bring water or paper goods.  Use the comment field to tell us the number of guests and provide a brief description of your dish.

If you have any questions, please email Julie Irish or Maria Arvelo Thank you!

Support The Giving Project

If you can’t attend the Potluck Dinner–or if you’re attending but want to make your donation online–click below:

You can also make a check out to “Brown PTO” with “Giving Project” in the memo line, and send it to Giving Project, Brown Middle School Office, 125 Meadowbrook Road, Newton Centre, 02459.

All the Nominated Charities

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the Giving Project!

Please click here to download a pdf of all the nominations – it’s so inspiring to read about these amazing organizations that mean so much to members of our community.

A small committee of students and teachers reviewed all of the nominations (the names of the students/staff nominating the charities were removed before they were given to the committee). Selecting 4 organizations to be featured at the Giving Project Potluck dinner on May 3 was very challenging, but unfortunately there is only time for 4 presentations at the event, so a selection had to be made. The other nominees will be asked to come and share information about their organization through a poster presentation.

Fundraiser for Child Assault Prevention Program (CAP)

Friday, April 27 

The CAP presentations, financed in part by elementary PTOs, were a critical component of our students’ elementary experience. CAP also relies on additional funds to train presenters and develop materials to deliver to Newton’s elementary students. If you would like to support CAP and pay it forward, please see their invitation below.

Newton FORJ Meeting Focused on METCO

Tuesday, April 24 

We invite all Brown parents to attend this week’s FORJ meeting, Tuesday night at 7:30pm at Angier.  This month’s topic is the METCO program in our schools.  FORJ is honored to have the new METCO CEO, Milagros (Milly) Arbaje-Thomas and Newton METCO Director, Maricel Sheets join us along with parents and alumnae who will share their experiences and vision for METCO.  We have had several Brown parents attend previous meetings and found theme to be beneficial and eye-opening.
If you can attend, RSVP here so that they set up enough seats for all attendees:  To learn more about FORJ, click here: (   To join the newly forming Brown FORJ team, email Maureen Oates at