Community Outreach

The Mason-Rice community is strong and vibrant, and part of a larger community in Newton and the greater Boston area. The PTO’s Community Outreach team works to raise awareness and understand the differences and complexities of our larger community and share resources and support. We also work to care for our school community by supporting various student groups, caring for our school garden, and participating in Newton Serves to clean up and repair our school grounds.

We know that when we engage with our larger community and the institutions in our city and region we help ourselves and others. To support these efforts, the M-R PTO has organized some committees and teams and provides funds to enable us to support many outreach programs including Green Team, Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ), Community Liaisons (METCO, SEPAC, ELPAC), School Garden & Newton Serves, Safe Routes to School, Gift of Giving, and the Social Action Committee. For more information or to get involved, please contact Director of Outreach Martha Bixby at

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ)

If you’re not sure how to talk to your kids about racism, we can help.  FORJ Families generate understanding and curiosity about differences in our society, and work together towards racial equity. Learn more about it on the FORJ page.

Social Action Committee

We are looking for Social Action Committee Chair(s) for the 2020-20201 school year.  Please contact Director of Outreach Martha Bixby at if you are able to lead this effort.

Social Action Committee is dedicated to generating enthusiasm for cultural issues, volunteerism, and philanthropy in our school community. Our Social Action Committee provides a framework for school community-driven efforts to harness the collective energy of the entire school community for the greater good.   The efforts will include kids-driven projects, as well as family-oriented projects. The purpose is to inspire children to have a lifelong commitment to take action to help address local and global problems.  Learn more about our initiatives here.

Safe Routes to School

Newton Safe Routes to School (SRTS) works to promote walking, biking, and taking the bus to school through encouragement, education, infrastructure improvements, and safety enforcement. Our goal is to create a healthy community for everyone.

Green Team: “To promote earth-friendly practices within our Mason-Rice community.”

Compost, Recycle, Carbon Footprints, Sustainability, “Go Green” – – what do these mean?   Why should we care?  The Green Team is a group of parents who have shared interest in learning, practicing, and educating our children about how we can take better care of the earth and, ultimately, ourselves. Green team blog: 

PTO Speaker Events

Each year, the Mason-Rice PTO sponsors speakers on key topics. If you have ideas for topics, please email them to