During World Water Week, March 21st -27th, over 20 businesses in and around Needham are joining Hillside School students in a nationwide UNICEF campaign to bring safe drinking water to millions of children.  For every dollar donated by patrons of participating businesses to the UNICEF Tap project this week, a child will  receive clean drinking water for 40 days.  Last year, the UNICEF Tap project campaign involved thousands of restaurants nationwide.

Local restaurant participation in the Tap project was spearheaded by students in Hillside teachers’ George Goneconto’s and Amy Cicala’s 2nd– and 4th-grade classes, respectively. For weeks, the students have been building community support for the Tap Project through restaurant visits and presentations to local parent organizations, schools and business groups. Supported by the Green Needham Collaborative, UNICEF World Water Week culminates a service-focused curriculum on global water usage and conservation launched in September 2009 by Ciccala and Goneconto.   Last year’s effort raised over $1000 for the UNICEF Tap project.

These local businesses will be supporting the UNICEF Tap project during World Water Week:

  • Abbott’s Frozen Custard
  • Acorn’s Bakery & Cafe
  • Bagel’s Best
  • Bellini Baby and Teen Furniture
  • Café Fresh Bagel
  • Cowlicks Deli
  • Dunn Gaherin (Newton Upper Falls)
  • Fresco
  • Fuji Steak House
  • Kids U
  • Kostas Pizza & Seafood
  • La Morra (Brookline)
  • Needham House of Pizza
  • Needham Street Cleaners (Newton)
  • Nicholas Pizzeria
  • Pacini’s Italian Eatery
  • Petit Robert Bistro
  • Rice Barn
  • Stone Hearth Pizza
  • Sweet Corner
  • Town House Pizza
  • West Newton Cinemas

Learn more about the Hillside School’s involvement in the UNICEF Tap Project or its curriculum on water awareness and conservation at the Hillside website, or contact Hillside teachers George Goneconto at 781-455-0461 or Amy Cicala at 781-455-0461.

Hillside Elementary School’s World Water Week Project