Unami United Service

Fall 2014


The “We Care” Club at Unami had its first official meeting with over 30 volunteers in attendance. The club provides social and educational opportunities that focus on fun and inclusionary practices. The mission is to facilitate an atmosphere for authentic interactions between students with disabilities and their peers. Some of the activities include: cooking, bowling, bingo, community service projects, gardening, science experiments and more.


Unami students often take the initiative to give back to and serve their communities. 9th grade students, Lexi G. and Cameron D. have organized a "hats, scarves, gloves and coat drive" for students of Luis Munoz Marin Elementary School. New or gently worn items can be donated from December 17 through January 28. Collection boxes are located in the main office, library, cafeteria and the classrooms of Dr. Massey, Mrs. Pizzi, and Mrs. Field. Thank you girls for your hard work and enthusiasm!
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Unami Community Donates Thanksgiving Dinners

The Unami community worked together to assist families and individuals in our area who needed help during the Thanksgiving season. Staff members, the National Junior Honor Society and Team Gneiss combined efforts to provide a Thanksgiving meal for 17 families and donated over 10 boxes of canned goods to a local food pantry. Many thanks to all the staff members, parents and students who made this program a success.
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9th grade teachers, Mr. Clifford and Ms. Pizzi, coordinated a week long service activity around Veterans Day, involving students in 8th and 9th grades.

During the week of November 3-7, Monday-Thursday were dedicated to the collection of items to be sent to active duty United States' military personnel:

  • Monday, 11/3 - Non-chocolate Halloween candy;
  • Tuesday, 11/4 - Magazines;
  • Wednesday, 11/5 - Toiletries;
  • Thursday, 11/6 - Packaged Food.

Also, Tuesday, November 4, 8th and 9th grade Unami United was dedicated to having students write letters to active service military personnel. Each classroom was assigned the name of an active duty service member, and students were provided with a template for guidance. The students produced thoughtful and meaningful letters that were filled with appreciation and gratitude.

On Friday, November 7, 8th and 9th grade students coordinated all the aforementioned items and the letters into care packages for the service members.

We hope these packages our a small way for us to show our deep appreciating of our service men and women.

Team Granite Has Grit & Heart

On Tuesday, November 4th, Team Granite students participated in a Community Service Event by making Thanksgiving Day place cards for the residents of Pine Run Nursing Home. They didn’t seem to “get their feathers ruffled” though, and they produced some incredibly artistic cards! Previously that morning during a team assembly, Granite students were awarded for their academic excellence, leadership, citizenship, motivation, and grit.
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United Way Campaign at Unami

Unami Middle School's United Way Campaign recently came to a close. After three weeks of battling it out in the war of facial hair, Mr. Bower, Mr. Daley, Dr. Massey, Mr. Murtha, Mr. Pierangeli, Mr. Rush, and Mr. Scheck were all given the green light to shave at the end of the day on November 20. While the debate will forever rage on as to who had the best beard, it was Mr. Pagano's donation jar that was fullest (his jar alone raised over $50). As the good sport we know him to be, Mr. Pagano wore a unique facial hair design to school on Friday, November 21. It may be best described as fu manchu meets biker beard! Thanks to all the participants and to those who supported them and the United Way.

After the beard-a-thon, the campaign had one last push with a yummy bake sale during the conference days. Many students, parents, and staff members indulged in cookies, brownies, chocolate-covered pretzels, etc., with all proceeds also directly benefitting the United Way.

All told, our campaign raised nearly $200 to benefit the United Way of Bucks County.

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Unami Donates to the Doylestown Food Larder

Unami made a recent donation of 5 full boxes of canned goods and other non-perishable items to the Doylestown Food Larder. The staff at the Larder were truly appreciative of the donation from Unami and praised us for teaching our students to be good citizens by giving back to the community. The students, staff, and community (e.g. parents) of Unami truly combined to make this possible, as the donations came from goods collected during our Back to School Nights and our recent Fall Dance.


Kid's Care

Kids Care is a collaboration between the Woodmere Art Museum, various Philadelphia area schools and St. Christopher’s hospital. Students create artworks as gifts for other children which are exhibited at the Woodmere Art Museum and then wrapped and delivered as holiday gifts to the patients at St. Christopher’s hospital. The show runs from November 2- December 14, 2014.

There will be a closing reception for all participants and their families on Saturday, December 13th from 2-4 PM, with cookies, punch and a brief ceremony for all of the children and schools.We encourage you to join us and check out the show, now in its 21st year! (9201 Germantown Ave., Phila.)

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Students from Unami middle school and their families worked over the summer vacation to reinforce our commitment to food security in our community. They maintained Unami’s 17 vegetable beds and donated the produce to the New Britain Food Larder and the Doylestown Food Pantry. Although our records may be incomplete, we were able to donate:

21 yellow squash, 54 tomatoes

7 acorn squash, 10 eggplant

93 cucumbers, 5 gal. bags of Dino Kale

65 peppers, 53 lbs. of potatoes

2 lbs. of scallions, Bunches of Parsley and Thyme

18 head of red cabbage, 14 green cabbage

105 beets (red and golden), 12 zucchini

Thank you to everyone who helped! We are so proud of our students and their willingness to give of themselves so that their fellow community members can have fresh produce. We are so grateful for their families and our colleagues that have supported this program. This is truly a caring community


Unami teachers and staff raise take the Ice Bucket Challenge and raise $213.00 for ALS.
Unami Middle School staff take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge