Circle of Remembrance – Saturday April 27, 2024 at 3 pm – ZOOM ONLY THIS YEAR

Saturday April 27 is the 23rd anniversary of the Oak Hill Middle School bus crash – the tragedy that took Steve Glidden, Greg Chan, Kayla Rosenberg, and Melissa Leung from their families, friends and futures. Especially in the context of the staggering toll of gun violence and the ongoing horrors in Ukraine, Gaza, and so many other places, 23 years feels, simultaneously, like an eternity and the mere blink of an eye. Eternity or moment, we have grown to value and even depend upon the strength we gain from one another when we come together in community.

This year, the Circle of Remembrance will take place virtually only, via Zoom, on Saturday April 27, 2024 at 3 pm (please note new time). The Zoom link, which you are welcome to share, is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86383172358?pwd=RzNWdkhqNWd4TWdMcXZTVWpJMmNTdz09.

The reason we are focusing our efforts virtually this year is that Elaine’s 106 year-old mom and SGF Trustee Lillian Alpert has been experiencing some significant health challenges that might require Elaine and Bill to travel to NY on short notice to be with her. Of course, everyone is welcome to log onto the Zoom from wherever they wish, including in front of Oak Hill Middle School, but Elaine and Bill will almost certainly not be there in person this year.

In addition to remembering Steve, Kayla, Melissa and Greg, there are so many others whose memories we cherish. The Circle also acknowledges young as well as “formerly young” people who may be ill or in harm’s way, or in our hearts, thoughts, or prayers for any number of reasons.

As you may know, the Circle of Remembrance has never followed a defined “program” or “service.” Rather, it loosely resembles a Quaker-style “Friends” meeting at which everyone is welcome and anyone can participate. Accordingly, feel free to speak, read a poem, sing a song, or recite someone’s name, should you feel so moved. If you are unable to attend for whatever reason, please don’t hesitate to send along a letter, note, email or text to be read out by a friend or one of us (you can reach us by email at sgf@stevegliddenfoundation.org). And of note, we are honored that once again, two of Elaine’s cousins will be playing key roles in the upcoming Circle: Cantor Ellen Stettner will sing the Mi Shebeirach, and Scott Stettner will be our Zoom master. Thank you both!

Over the years, we have compiled people’s favorite passages into a booklet entitled “We Remember.” The latest version of this booklet can be accessed by clicking here.

Even if you are not planning to participate in the Circle this year, please take a moment to pause, reflect and remember Steve, Kayla, Melissa, Greg, and others who we dearly wish were still here with us, to think about how to help those who need our love and support, and to thank our first responders, care providers, teachers, and leaders from all walks of life for all they do for our community.

2023 Summer Camp Scholarship Update

For the 2023 summer, SGF approved $61,398.50 in summer camp scholarships to enable 15 children to attend a total of 74 weeks of summer camp at five different camps (34 weeks of which are in overnight camps).

On behalf of our generous donors and especially for these kids, THANK YOU!

Circle of Remembrance – Thursday April 27, 2023 at 6 pm

Thursday April 27 marks the 22nd anniversary of the bus tragedy that took the lives of the four Newton middle school students – Greg Chan, Kayla Rosenberg, Melissa Leung, and Steve Glidden. All are invited to attend and participate in the annual “Circle of Remembrance” on April 27 at 6 pm — live in front of Oak Hill Middle School in Newton and virtually via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85272906597?pwd=Q1VyTjlEZWVRRy9rVGQyL3RLeHk5QT09

Feel free to bring something to sit on, a shoulder to lean on, and a bottle of water if it is hot outside. As in past years, you are welcome to bring along a poem to read, a song to sing, or something to say, should you feel so moved. Bring copies to share if you wish. Please follow reasonable and respectful local and state public health precautions to prevent COVID-19 transmission, including physical distancing and mask wearing as appropriate, to protect the health and safety of others.

Although Steve, Kayla, Melissa and Greg will be specifically remembered on this day, many others in Newton and beyond have lost family and friends at other times and in other tragedies. And of course, our hearts are anguished because of the ongoing horrors in Ukraine, and because of the awful toll of gun violence in the US. The “Circle of Remembrance” will be a time to remember others as well, in the company of those who care.

Here is a link to the We Remember booklet that was created for this event several years ago.

Everyone is welcome.

2022 Summer Camp Final Update

For the Summer 2022 season, SGF approved $43,869.50 in summer camp scholarships to enable 33 children to attend a total of 129 1/2 weeks of summer camp at 6 different camps (69 1/2 of which will be in overnight camp). On behalf of these kids, THANK YOU!

2022 Circle of Remembrance – Wednesday April 27 at 6 pm

Wednesday April 27 was the 21st anniversary of the bus tragedy that took the lives of the four Newton middle school students – Greg Chan, Kayla Rosenberg, Melissa Leung, and Steve Glidden. The annual “Circle of Remembrance” took place on April 27 at 6 pm — live in front of Oak Hill Middle School in Newton and virtually via Zoom.  Please feel free to view a condensed (35-minute) version of the Zoom recording  of the Circle and pass along to others as you see fit. The direct link to the Zoom (safe to click) is https://youtu.be/mIe5RkWqs-0.

2021 Summer Camp Update

COVID continues to break hearts and health systems in many parts of the world, but in the US, summer camps appear to be off to a robust season.  SGF has been receiving new applications almost on a daily basis for children who want little more than a chance to be kids in a safe setting. Thus far (as of July 7), SGF has approved $53,509.30 in summer camp scholarships for 38 children who will be attending 208 weeks of camp, 118 of which will be in overnight camp.  THANK YOU!

2020 Summer Camp Scholarship Summary

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of us in so many ways. Most children did not have an opportunity to attend summer camp, and spent the summer at home, coping as best as possible. As a result, SGF received far fewer applications for summer camp scholarship funding than in prior years, but we did manage to fund scholarships for five children who attended Camp Winona in Maine.  A total of $30,600 was disbursed for the 2020 camp season. We sure hope for a return to normalcy or at least a defined “new  normal” for 2021. Stay safe, everyone!