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Exciting opportunity for select New Bedford and Fairhaven High School Students!

makerobotsWHEN: Saturdays from 10am to 12pm

WHERE: The GiftsToGive Philanthropy Factory 1 Titleist Drive, Acushnet MA

WHAT: We are interested in engaging High School Students from New Bedford High School, GNB Vocational Technical High School and Fairhaven High School.

WHY: To give students an opportunity to learn about robotics and teamwork. It’s also a terrific way to make new friends, grow, as a person, and experience first hand, tangible science.


Nelson Bernardo is a licensed general contractor and professional civil engineer. He is an instructor at Bristol Community College and teaches at Fairhaven High School.

Diarny Fernandes is a graduate of Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School and a recent UMass Dartmouth graduate with a BS in Engineering. Mr. Fernandes is currently working as a mechanical engineer at the Aerovox Corp in New Bedford.

Our inaugural class will be four students from each high school, for a total of twelve. Students will learn how to write simple computer codes for robots, as well as build their own functioning robots to complete tasks and challenges, while having fun the whole way through. Team competition at outside events is also planned.

Interested students must submit a brief application online –  HERE

  1. A short essay about why they are interested in science and technology. (Page 1)
  2. A brief personal recommendation from a teacher. (Page 2)


Learn, Lead, Serve, Succeed

GiftsToGive_June2-2016_AdM_webLearn, Lead, Serve, Succeed is the mantra for the Alma del Mar Public Charter School.

We are huge fans of the work they do and especially of how much they have been able to accomplish since starting four years ago. We have always supported their community service efforts and we recently had a visit from their entire 5th grade class.

Photos from our day are here.

Rather than we tell the story, we asked 5th grader Rosa to interview some of her peers and send us a story.

The Community Club @ Fonseca Elementary School Shines Brightly!

GiftsToGive_Fonseca_June2015_17This week we visited a wonderful group of students in Fall River, at the Fonseca Elementary School. All are members of the “Community Club” an after-school program led by mentor extraordinaire, Josh Amaral.

Josh invited us to visit with his social entrepreneurs and young philanthropists on their last club day of this school year. He had organized a recognition ceremony and there would be cake!

Photos from our visit are here.

Culinary Arts Students – helping to build a more caring community!


Students – Morgan and Kelynn

While our goal of building a more caring community is beautiful, it’s not easy.

Being connected is the foundation for our work and last Thursday we held a community conversation about children and social media, after work, at the philanthropy factory.

Students in the Culinary Arts Program at Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School supplied tasty sandwiches in four varieties and a wonderful salad and dressing – to feed 110 people, at a price that would make a caterer spin circles!