The New England champion 5th grade football team of Jr. Raiders from Wellesley won their first game down in Kissimee, Fla., on Monday and play again Wednesday now as part of the National Championship tourney. Wellesley’s team topped Michigan’s 32-13 by getting off to a fast start in some serious heat (80 degrees on the field, and sunny) and are set to play Gainesville, Fla.,’s team next. Looks like if they win that, they’re in the finals.
And in case you’re wondering, the kids need to check their teachers’ websites while in Florida to get their homework, and are doing homework/reading while away.
The Wellesley Community Center will be hosting and sponsoring a special interactive event called Music and Me! on Dec. 11, in Babson Hall from 1:30-2:30PM. It’s intended for children ages 18 months to 5 years old, and their parents.
The program was crafted by Emily Marks, a music teacher and vocalist, originally from Sharon Mass. Attendees will be given the opportunity to learn music through play, rhythm, theater and movement.
While admission is free, you must register for seats via email [email protected] or by calling the main office at 781-235-4172.
The Barton Road housing complex in Wellesley this past week celebrated the opening of a spectacular 10,000 sq. ft. playground privately funded by the Play 2 Dream Foundation started by Wellesley’s Kathy Welsh. The sprawling playground, featuring a fish-shaped bridge and giant colored buckyball-like climbing structures, includes a section for kids ages 2-5 and 5-12. A Dec. 1 ceremony featured appearances by politicians and Boston Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty, plus a lot of parents and kids. (Note: When I swung by Friday AM the playground was closed due to the surface being wet.)
The Town of Wellesley’s American flags were flying at half-staff today in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s death. The 95 year-old, who died Thursday night, was a key figure in South Africa’s fight against apartheid, as well as a corecipient of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. His political work against apartheid in the 1950s and 60s made him a regular visitor in prison cells for short stints. In 1963, however, a sabotage conviction carried a sentence of life in prison. Mandela was released in 1990 after serving 27 years of his sentence. He went on to serve as president of South Africa from 1994 – 1999. He spent his later years as a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization Ambassador and an outspoken campaigner against HIV/AIDS. When he left the public eye in 2004 he told reporters, “Don’t call me, I’ll call you.”