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Winchendon School District

TEAMS LAUNCHED TO DATE:

2007 – 2008

Extreme Makeover: Field Edition
This Venture Team will be using several methods of fundraising to create a more accessible baseball field for all members of the community and school to enjoy. They will hold cleanups and install a new drainage system, build dugouts and install a new scoreboard. They hope to use their new baseball field to hold baseball summer camps for young children.

2008 – 2009

The Sound of Murdock
This team is purchasing D.J. equipment and plans to not only support all school dances but sustain itself by advertising their skills and equipment for the entire school districts use at a small monetary fee. They hope to empower themselves and others and spread their love of music and school pride.

Operation Murdock Cares
Operation Murdock Cares is a group of School Store students who want to give back to a local nonprofit called Operation Winchendon Cares. They plan to purchase a high tech cash register that will improve their ability to keep track of merchandise and expand their store and stock. A percentage of the additional money they earn will to go directly to Operation Winchendon Cares to purchase care packages for home town soldiers stationed overseas.

2009 – 2010

Wii Care
Students in this venture bring Wii systems to nursing homes to help promote fitness among the senior citizens as well as create a bridge between the elderly and young generations.

2010 – 2011

Sound of Blue
As members of many of their schools sports teams, this Venture is interested in helping out the Athletic Department at Murdock Middle High School, by replacing old sports equipment for the different sports teams. Their first project is aimed at putting a new sound system in the gym so that they are able to use it during team practices and pep rallies. They believe this will create more school spirit and energize the teams that use the gym throughout the year. For fundraisers they hope to have movie nights in the gym where they charge people for popcorn, soda and candy.

2011 – 2012

Devil Bots
This Venture was founded after members of the Devil Bots recognized the need to expose the world of robotics to younger students within Murdock Middle High School, as well as improve the robotics program at MMHS, overall. The Devil Bots plan to do this by encouraging their fellow peers to join the robotics program, inviting them to fun, interactive meetings, as well as raising money through annual fundraisers, such as a robotics competition at MMHS. Finally, the Devil Bots will be scheduling regular visits with middle school students from MMHS to spark interest in the robotics program at a younger age (currently, most students are not able to take robotics until they enter high school).

2012 – 2013

Lady Blue Devils Softball Field Improvement
The fields used by the Lady Blue Devils softball team were in rough shape – old, rotting bleachers and worn down gravel made it hard for the team to excel. These less-than-ideal conditions inspired the entire team to create a Venture to make the field not just usable, but an enjoyable piece of community land on which future Blue Devils may be successful. Thanks to many helpful community members and donations, the girls are well underway with their project and they are confident the field will be leagues better than how they found it by the time they graduate.


TEAMS LAUNCHED TO DATE:

2011 – 2012

Art Masters
Young people at Murdock Middle High School plan to create an after-school program that allows fellow students to paint, draw, write, or color. When the students participate in the Art Masters after school program, they can be free to choose what they want to create.

2012 – 2013

Kidz Krew
6th graders Caleb and Adam were sad to see the cramped space and lack of available food at the Better Tomorrow Cat Shelter in Winchendon. After speaking with the shelter’s director, they knew they would be able to help. The group formed Kidz Krew and asked the shelter director to provide a list of specific donations she would like to receive most. List in hand, the Venture plans to host a series of movie nights, where admission may be a can of cat food or a warm blanket instead of money.

2013 – 2014

United Blues
After the school had to cut their sports budget by $30,000, the members of United Blues became increasingly more aware of the many students at Murdock who were not involved in sports mainly because they could not afford it. Instead of being disparaged, these motivated students decided to take action by starting the venture, United Blues, to help these students. Through a variety of fundraisers and working hand in hand with the athletics department, these venturers hope to get many more students into Blue Devil uniforms for years to come.

First Day Warriors
After witnessing the struggles that the veterans have to overcome as they return home from duty, the members of the First Day Warriors wanted to find a way to help these local heroes. They finally decided on a Venture which would help put together homecoming packages to give to the returning veterans. While they know this won’t solve all of the problems these veterans face, they do know that making their lives just a little easier will go a long way.

2014 – 2015

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ReGame Your Health has turned their passion of gaming into an initiative that will benefit the kids at their local hospital. Through their Venture, they collect and donate gaming systems to the Pediatric Ward of Heywood Hospital to help the younger patients remember the joy of being a kid. Their mission is to volunteer their time to game and visit with patients in order to help them relax and fill their stay with positivity.

2015 – 2016

Engineering Through Life
As students who hope to become engineers later on in life, the boys of this Venture Team have decided to try and expand the STEM opportunities available to young students as a means to get more students excited about this same passion. Engineering Through Life’s mission is to bring STEM programming to their Middle School and other local Elementary Schools throughout Winchendon and the surrounding area. This year they created an after school STEM program where students were able to experiment with simple machines, learn about programming, and plan for future programs.