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Norton Family Center for the Common Good

Exploring and practicing "the best self and the common good."

The Norton Family Center for the Common Good supports experiences in the classroom and beyond, advancing students’ understanding of citizenship and inspiring them to promote the common good, one of the key tenets of the school’s mission.


The Freshman Seminar on the Common Good

The Freshman Seminar on the Common Good is designed to explore and expand the ideas of “the best self and the common good” with 9th graders in a way that will inform their emerging thoughts and actions regarding “community” at Loomis Chaffee and beyond.

An ongoing collaboration of a nine-member Advisory Committee and more than twenty members of the faculty, the weekly seminars engage students in multi- and inter-disciplinary explorations of engaged citizenship, community service, responsibility, leadership, and commitment. Juniors and seniors will have opportunities to be involved in the seminars, bringing their own perspectives and experience to their younger classmates.

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Community Service and the Common Good

The Center is collaborating with the school’s strong community service program, under the guidance of Director of Community Service Roseanne Lombardo, in its efforts and will be clarifying and cementing ongoing alliances with local and national organizations with the ambition to open experiential opportunities for our students.

Common Good Blog

Norton Family Center for the Common Good tumblr blog located at nccg.tumblr.com. The blog, written by Al Freihofer and Eric LaForest — with regular contributions from others in the community — is helping to lead the examination of the idea of “the common good” at Loomis Chaffee and to share exmples of “the common good” in action, highlighting the ways in which those around us are giving back. Some posts delve into the mission of the center while others discuss specific activities of the center.

Common Good Across the Curriculum

The Center is currently collaborating on Perspectives on the World: Spirit of Senegal, a school-wide inter-disciplinary initiative spearheaded by Music Department Chair Faith Miller and the Center for Global Studies that will take place in February.

About Us

Al Freihofer '69

Eric LaForest
Assistant Director

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