Staples Students Are SLOGs

By now, most Westporters know that Staples students are SLOBs.

The acronym stands for Service League of Boys. It’s the largest club at the high school, and all year long they’re at work. SLOBs clean parks and the Gillespie; staff events like the Rotary Club LobsterFest, and partner with organizations like the Senior Center and Library.

Girls have never been SLOBs.

But now they’re SLOGs.

The Service League of Girls was an idea waiting to happen.

Alex Gordon, Kira Tomoda, Abby Friedman and Emma Morris were lead busy lives. They play sports (swimming, water polo, cross country, track and lacrosse). They are involved in clubs like AWARE, and work after school (Offline clothing store, JL Rocks, Village Bagels).

Independently, two pairs (Abby and Kira, and Alex and Emma) saw a need to for a SLOB-like group for girls. They got together, and slogged through the process of starting a club.

SLOGs leaders (from left): Alex Gordon, Abby Friedman, Emma Morris, Kira Tomada.

Their mission statement notes: “We strive to provide an inclusive environment, and foster a sense of compassion, empathy and social responsibility in those who participate.”

SLOGs debuted with a booth at the school’s club fair this fall. They created an Instagram page, and told friends.

They found plenty of members. Then they needed jobs for them to do.

Staples SLOGs, at this month’s meeting.

There’s no lack of opportunities. In its first few months SLOGS:

  • Ran a winter clothing drive for the Open Doors community closet in Norwalk.
  • Wrapped gifts with the Carver Foundation. The next day, they handed them out.
  • Helped at the Westport Weston Family YMCA’s “Pizza with Santa” event.

Wrapping gifts for the Carver Foundation.

In the works:

  • A fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of America
  • A packaging event with Filling in the Blanks, the Norwalk weekend meals program for students.
  • A spring program at the Senior Center.

There are many ways to describe Staples students. Among the most worthy: SLOGs and SLOBs. (Hat tip: Amy Schafrann)

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3 responses to “Staples Students Are SLOGs

  1. Kira and Abby (as well as several other members of SLOG) have been Italian students of mine for the past several years- what great kids! I am so proud of them!! Bravissime, ragazze!!

  2. Michelle Macris

    This is fantastic! A few years ago when we moved here I couldn’t get my 9th grader (at the time) daughter into the NCL because it was already closed for her age group, yet it was offered up as the equivalent to SLOBS. I’m so glad there is an active alternative now!

  3. I am so proud to represent SLOBs as its faculty adviser and
    Abby and Alex are connections students of mine (Alex has also been a student of mine in Spanish class)! I love that so many of our students are giving back their time and efforts for the service of communities in need. You all have a very proud teacher/adviser here!
    I am also envisioning a SLOGs/SLOBs collaboration, perhaps?!
    ¡Muy bien hecho!

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