Outreach and Service Mission Statement
The outreach program at Rivers is based upon the belief that each student has the potential and responsibility to be an educated, contributing member of society. Through school, class, and individual endeavors, a student has the opportunity to learn about the challenges facing our local and global neighbors and to take part in a variety of outreach activities designed to meet existing needs within these communities. Those who discover a particular interest are encouraged to  make a difference by volunteering. Students will learn from and reflect upon their service experiences, striving for partnership with those who have needs in the spirit of ‘doing with, not doing for’ those with whom we work.
Margaret Mead Quote: “Never doubt that a small group of citizens can change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.
Community Service Calendar 2013 - 2014
Sunday, September 8 - Rivers Givers Service Day (off campus)

Tuesday, September 17-  Rivers Givers Kick-off meeting

Monday, September 23- Grade 9 and Grade 11 Service Days

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - Wednesday, May 28, 2014-
Weekly Middle School Advisory trips to Natick Service Council Food Pantry

Tuesday, October 15 - Rivers Givers meeting

November - Middle School Fall yard clean-up for Natick elders

Monday, November 4 – Friday, November 22- Annual Rivers Thanksgiving Food Drive

Monday, November 25 - Monday, Decmber 16- Annual Rivers Winter Coat Drive

Monday, November 25 - Monday, Decmber 16- Middle School - Annual Sponsor a Child for the Holidays

Thursday, December 19 - Saturday, December 21- Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament

Tuesday, January 21 - Thursday, March 6 - Middle School- Annual MLK Serv-a-thon to benefit Rivers Givers

April - Middle School Spring yard clean-up for Natick elders

Meet The Service Directors
Jeanette Szretter
Director of Community Service

Jeanette joined the Rivers Language Department in 1985. She has lived and studied in Argentina and Mexico, led many student trips to Spain, and traveled most recently to Cuba and Chile. She is the founder of the Argentine visiting student partnership with St. George’s school in Buenos Aires. In addition, she has served as the Director of Community Service for more than 20 years, creating and leading the Rivers Givers Youth in Philanthropy Program, establishing the Upper School Service Council, coordinating the annual Special Olympics basketball tournament, and assisting students to discover the best match of their talents and interests in a service environment. Beyond Rivers, Jeanette served as a founding board member of the MetroWest Habitat for Humanity affiliate, and is a current member of the Natick Medical Reserve Corps. Jeanette has pursued graduate studies in Spanish and community service learning. She is a graduate of Blackburn College and the Leadership MetroWest Community Leaders Development Program.

Tara Ann Sujko
Tara Sujko teaches Spanish in the Upper School. She has a bachelor’s in Spanish from Holy Cross and a master’s in Hispanic Studies from Boston College. She taught Spanish in a number of schools, most recently at Tewksbury Memorial High School, before becoming a teaching fellow in Spanish at Boston College where she is a doctoral candidate.

Laura Brewer
History, English, Middle School Community Service Coordinator
Laura joined the Rivers faculty in 1999 and currently teaches the seventh grade humanities course World Cultures. In addition, Laura coordinates the community service program for the Middle School. Before coming to Rivers, Laura taught at Newton North High School and the Montrose School. Laura received her B.A. and her M.A. in American studies from Boston College. Outside of school, she is active in Revels and enjoys traveling to areas about which she teaches. She has led student trips to Italy, France, China, and Peru, and will be leading a trip to Romania this year.

Rachel Costello
Spanish, Middle School Community Service Assistant Coordinator
Rachel teaches Middle School Spanish, and assists with the Middle School’s Community Service program. She joined the faculty in the fall of 2010 after serving as a Spanish teacher at the Park School. She has also worked as a substitute Spanish teacher at the Shipley School and Independence Charter School. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico.

Bruce Taylor
Media Literacy, Coach
Bruce joined the Rivers faculty in September of 1997. He currently teaches media literacy, assists in the library, and is involved in the school’s community service and diversity efforts. He formerly served two years on the Rivers Board of Trustees, and five years on the Alumni Council. Before coming to Rivers, Bruce directed youth programs at The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts and The Upham’s Corner Health Center. Bruce attended Dartmouth College for three years before deciding to travel the U.S., eventually acquiring his B.A. and M.Ed at Cambridge College in 1994.

Deborah Argueta
Administrative Assistant to Head of Upper School
Debbie has been the assistant to the head of the Upper School since 2001. Debbie also served as interim Director of Diversity from 2003 to 2006 and as Associate Director of Diversity in the 2006-2007 school year.
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