As always, the Indian Mountain School community came out in droves to support the annual CROP Walk to end hunger on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Dozens of IMS students and faculty went to Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT for the 31st Annual CROP Hunger Walk in Northwest Connecticut. The purpose of the CROP Walk is to raise funds and awareness about local and global food shortages. IMS raised more than $1900 last year, the largest contribution of all participating school groups, earning the coveted Golden Sneaker Trophy. The amounts raised this year are still being tallied.
Founded by Church World Service, the CROP Walk’s purpose is to stop domestic and international food shortages. In the last 20 years, CROP Hunger Walks have raised more than $294 million to help people feed their families. The IMS community contributed to the cause, both by raising money to donate and raising awareness, in keeping with our school’s motto, Life Through Service. “We always have the most people walking, and it is wonderful to support such a great cause.” said Sheryl Knapp, who organizes our Community Service efforts at IMS with Cecelia Marshall.
People (and dogs) from IMS, The Hotchkiss School, Salisbury School, and local churches began the walk at about 1:30. As they walked or ran along the five-mile route, participants were asked to think of those who suffer from hunger and must walk many miles each day just to get water and food for survival.