From our founding days, service has been a defining aspect of our program. With the guiding hands of our Community Service Department, we carry our legacy into the present day by organizing events that raise awareness and funds for organizations in need of support. Our work benefits these organizations within the northwest corner of Connecticut and across the world.
In the past month, our founding motto has come to life in ways we never could have imagined. Given the rapid and unexpected need to adapt to the global health crisis, our contributions will have a slightly different impact.
By Kids For Kids Benefit Concert
Our most recent community service event took place just prior to the March break. We are pleased to report that we raised $1,673.40
for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
. As you may imagine, their summer programs for terminally ill children will not be taking place as planned. Instead, they will be bringing the fun to their campers by creating virtual experiences and mailing care packages. Our donation will support their efforts. Thank you to all of the performers, bake sale contributors, tech supporters, and friends for making this event a success. Watch the Highlights
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All-School Skating Party
We were able to lace up our skates
in January during our annual skating party at Hotchkiss. We raised $741.00 during this event and our funds will go to ZYEP
(Zuni Youth Enrichment Project) in Zuni, New Mexico. As a reminder, this organization was founded by IMS Alum Kate Faber and her husband, Tom. Our contributions will assist them in creating COVID-19 wellness kits, which will be distributed through their free meal program on the reservation. These kits include items to support physical activity, mental health, safety, hygiene, nutrition, agriculture, traditional art, and S.T.E.M. learning.
Hoops for Food
If you can remember back to the fall when we held our annual Hoops for Food event
, you probably remember donating nonperishable items for the Corner Food Pantry in Lakeville, CT
. We have been in touch with the food pantry and they are seeing a significantly increased demand for canned food items due to an increase of job losses in our area. And so, if you live locally and would like to drop items off, please do so any Thursday morning and leave items in a bag on the back porch. Their most needed items are: canned tuna, spaghetti, canned meats, healthy juice/large plastic bottles, hearty progresso soups, canned coffee, boxed milk, pet food, and laundry detergent.
In Response to COVID-19
We are proud to share that members of our community have donated hundreds of N95 masks, surgical masks, and health vitamins to the School that can be distributed to local hospitals, health centers, individuals, and organizations. We are so grateful for the generosity of these families. Additionally, Mr. Corey Baker recently donated all non-perishable items from our dining hall to the Corner Food Pantry in Lakeville. We truly live a Life Through Service.