Sunday, February 28, 2016

Needham Unplugged 2016

Each year the Youth Services department of Town Hall supports the Needham Unplugged program in the month of March. Here's how their website describes the program:

Needham Unplugged

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It is so easy to get caught up into electronics --- TV, computers, Internet, Gameboy, and Nintendo are fun, entertaining, and a nice way to relax. The problem becomes when you find yourself spending 2, 4, 6 or even 8 hours a day plugged in…and little time is devoted to interacting with family and friends or simply engaging in a quiet activity such as reading or walking.

Needham Unplugged is an awareness campaign to remind Needham families and residents to “unplug their electronics” and “plug into” each other. It is a reminder that there is more to life than what is on the other side of a plug. Watch for announcements about activities that do NOT require electricity and that emphasize person-to-person interaction and health. The highlight of the program is no-homework, no-sports, and no-activities night for Needham Public School Students. In addition, there will be no town-related meetings and virtually no community and religious meetings held on that night.

In Cluster 3, we're encouraging students to participate in the program by doing at least one of the activities on the Needham Unplugged calendar. On Thursday, March 10th, there is a homework-free and electronics-free night sponsored by the town. The goal is to reconnect with family members and try doing something that doesn't require a cell phone, computer, TV, video game, or other device. Students may only participate in the "no homework" night if they first complete at least one item from the Unplugged calendar (the activity doesn't have to be on the actual day it's listed). Have fun!!

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