Make A Difference Club


Whitney Gilchrist

Make A Difference Leader

What is the Make A Difference Club?

The idea of the Make a Difference Club originated with the desire to present Chickering students with opportunities, even as young people, to contribute and to “make a difference” within their community. Within the scope of this club, the hope is that our children will become aware of the many ways they can help through both hands on volunteerism and charitable giving.  By understanding how non-profits contribute to social change, especially for those in need, the students will also learn how fundraising can be an instrument utilized in this change. The hope is that this deeper understanding will encourage our children to become a bigger part of their communities on a local, national and even international level, both now and in the future.


Who may participate in Make A Difference?

4th graders and their parents. We invite any 4th graders to attend. Parents will be needed as chaperones at the sessions and on field trips. If you cannot attend the sessions, you may arrange with another parent, who will attend, to be responsible for your child, along with their own child at the sessions and field trips.

What are the goals for Make A Difference?

We hope to achieve the following:

  • Develop our Chickering students’ leadership skills.

  • Increase our Chickering students’ awareness of the needs in their own communities and internationally.

  • Help participants to discover ways in which they can make a difference both in their local community and also within national and international communities.

What are the activities being planned for Make A Difference?

The Make A Difference After School Club will meet on half-day Wednesdays, approximately once a month from October through May at the Dover Library Meeting Room - students should pack a lunch for meetings.  

The Kickoff Meeting will introduce participants to different ways other children have made a difference, both locally and nationally.

There will be field trips during the year which will introduce the participants to causes close to home, and give them an up close opportunity to witness the needs in our local communities and how those needs are met through local non-profits.


What is the commitment required to participate in Make A Difference?

  • Students (4th Graders)

    • We ask that you attend as many of the sessions/field trips as possible, take an active role in the business venture and participate in the selling event at the end of the year.

  • Parents

    • We ask that you attend the sessions with your child, or arrange for another adult to take responsibility for them while at the sessions/field trips.

    • We will also ask for volunteers to help chaperone, to lead sessions.

    • If you may have contacts at a local non-profit and could help us set up a field trip, please let us know.


Want to get involved or have more questions?

We are currently looking for new coordinators for this club, it could be either one parent or a small group of 4th grade parents who might be interested in helping to lead this club next year. You would just be responsible for coordinating the club’s sessions - with different parents responsible for organizing and running each session.


The times to meet can be coordinated by you and the parents running each session and the timetable and contacts for the sessions and trips is already in place, with flexibility for you to update and change if you wish.


The input needed from these coordinators is minimal in return for maximum impact on your kids, the group and the local organizations that you meet up with.


For more information on these positions, to sign your kids up for next year or just to find out more about the club please contact Whitney Gilchist at


Make A Difference Club, ran a school-wide food drive on December 20, 2017.


As a result of the hard work of the many volunteers involved and the generosity of Chickering families, the food drive donated 1,321 pounds of food to A Place To Turn, a food pantry in Natick.


Thank you to the Chickering families for your donations and to the volunteers for your efforts on behalf of the food drive!


A Place To Turn was very thankful for your donations!

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