Community Connection

Here, we will be focused on Community Connection! Despite our lack of physical community interaction, we believe it is important to stay engaged and actively connected with our communities.

Here you can find activities and information that can help you and our family remain dedicated to becoming stronger active citizens.

Keep an eye out for projects involving community service/outreach, virtual citizenship, digital literacy, communication and more!

Carter Eichenberg - Civic Engagement Specialist

Carter is in his third year with BASEC. He has a degree from UMass Amherst in Psychology. He leads our Model UN programming, Outing Club, Dungeons and Dragons as well as many other favorites!

Cortnay Varela

Cortnay is glad to be back at BASEC and to share some of the things she is learning from her two year herbal apprenticeship with Blazing Star and at massage school! When she is not at BASEC you can find her doing art and housing justice collaborations with City Life/Vida Urbana, gardening, cooking, making instruments and wooden spoons and spending time with animal, plant and fungi friends.

Activities

Mindfulness

Mindfulness practice is often easier when we use visual techniques to help us calm our minds and pay attention to our breath. Here are a couple of exercises you can try if you’ve got 2 or 5 minutes and instructions on how to make a useful mindfulness tool at home.

  • Make a Time Capsule (All Grades)
    A time capsule is a collection of present-day things that get hidden away to be opened back up by your future self. The items in a time capsule usually include writing, photographs, a newspaper article, or something that you had created--such as artwork or a completed school assignment!

  • Creating a Vision Board (Grades: 5 - 8)

Create a personalized visual to inspire and motivate yourself towards a goal or dream you have.

Community Service

  • Staying Connected (Grades: 1 - 8)
    During this time of increased isolation, we need to take extra steps to stay connected with those we care about in our communities, families, and friend groups. This is a great way to stay up to date with the interests of people we care about, and to think more in depth about why we enjoy our interests. Here are some suggestions for staying in communication with folks and how to focus on sharing positivity!

  • Hope Is The Thing With Feathers (Grades: 1 - 8)

This activity is great if you like art & poetry, and are interested in brightening up your neighborhood!

  • Creating a Reusable Bag (Grades: 4 - 8)
    Check out this activity that shows how to take an old, unused T-shirt, and make it into a reusable bag. Environmentally friendly & fun!

  • PPE Donation Drive (Grades: 5 - 8)

Want to help hospitals get the resources they need? Check this activity out!

Social Justice and Advocacy

Take a stand with the Mashpee Wampanoag! Learn about their lands being taken out of trust, and support their effort to restore and protect their homelands and people.

Environmental Connections

Eating dandelions might seem unconventional, but their flowers, leaves, and roots are chock full of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Here are some ways you can prepare them.

Learn how to make a warm and spicy beverage that can help boost our immune system and improve digestion.

Follow Cortnay through the woods and learn about natural treasures right around us. Be inspired to discover plants and flowers in your own community!



External Resources

A fun and educational game that teaches elementary aged students about different facets of digital citizenship such as privacy, kindness, and giving/receiving information.

(Recommended ages: 7 - 11 years)

Part of the New York Times Learning Network, this current events conversation projects the voices and opinions of students across the country in efforts to keep our ideas connected. This installment reflects on the question: "Are you a good person?", explores the topic of online conspiracy theories, and discusses how we overcome defeat.

(Recommended ages: 11 - 14 years)

As a nonprofit, PGK's mission is to help teach empathy and social responsibility to young people by providing technology that connects kids, teens, and families to high-quality, age-appropriate volunteer activities with their network of nonprofit partners across the country.

(Recommended ages: 5+ years)

Choose one of the dozens of projects in YSA’s Idea Center that can be done at home.

(Recommended ages: 9+ years)

Founded by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, iCivics’ game-centered curriculum provides middle and high school students with the knowledge and tools they need for active participation in our democracy. The games place students in different civic roles and give them agency to address real-world problems and issues.

(Recommended ages: 9 - 16 years)