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Service Projects  

At One Bead, we are proud of our students' most recent services projects: 


Salem Academy Charter School: Don't let go of H2O

The students at Salem Academy Charter School (SACS) noticed that their classmates were consuming too many sugary drinks. After researching the problem, they found that a teen's diet has sugary drinks as the top calorie source. To solve the problem, this group designed water bottles (with the help of SpaceVinyl) to hold fresh and healthy water for students. They used their $1,000 grant to give a water bottle to each student at SACS along with an informational card describing the pros of ditching unhealthy drinks. 


Neighborhood House Charter School: Anti-violence

The students wanted to raise awareness of and put an end to violence, specifically gun violence, in their community. They worked with Drew King at SpaceVinyl in Geneva, New York, to design a sweatshirt. On the front was the student-inspired anti-violence logo; on the back, a list of anti-violence organizations in Boston along with 911 and the Dorchester Police Department phone number. With $1,000, the students were able to design and print 42 sweatshirts. Each student received a sweatshirt and the remainder were given to the Dorchester Police. On June 13, 2016, students were shuttled to the Boston Police Commissioner’s office, where they received special recognition for their commitment to put an end to gun violence in the community.


Neighborhood House Charter School: Clothes and sustenance

This group wanted to help the homeless population in the Greater Boston area. To help them brainstorm, we organized a conversation with John Allen, founder of Sweaters and Sustenance, whose mission is to bring warmth to the lives of our nation’s homeless. The students decided to create a spinoff called Clothes and Sustenance. They worked with Drew to design a logo for a canvas bag and with their grant, filled 73 bags with a blanket, hand sanitizer and a flashlight. On May 25, 2016, One Bead partnered with the Women’s Lunch Place in Boston, and students traveled to downtown Boston to learned about the homeless population in the area and the services provided by the shelter. Students handed out bags to homeless men and women in Copley Square and the remaining bags were donated to the shelter.

North Street Elementary: Backpacks 

The problem this group noticed in the community is that some students do not have backpacks. As a result, these students are given plastic bags, which are not biodegradable, to hold their supplies. The solution this group came up with was to use the $1,000 to buy and design backpacks. For each backpack sold, the students would then donate a backpack to a student in the district without one. The group worked with Drew at SpaceVinyl to design and print each backpack.

Mount Vernon Middle School: Anti-bullying 

The problem this group wanted to solve was bullying. They worked with Drew to design the “R.O.C.K.” logo, which stands for Respect, Open up, Confidence, Keep away. The students created an anti-bullying video that introduced a pledge against bullying. The video was shown to the entire school and students were encouraged to sign a physical copy of the pledge during lunch. Upon signing, students received a R.O.C.K. bracelet.


North Street Elementary: Anti-smoking

The issue this group wanted to address was smoking. The group used the $1,000 to bring a doctor into the school to talk to the entire student body about the effects of smoking on the lungs. They also donated $300 to the local cardiovascular rehabilitation center. During their final session, they worked with Drew to design a “no smoking” logo. They used the remainder of their grant to have Drew print the logo on beanies and stickers to spread awareness.


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