The holiday spirit bubbled over on the Island in December as Loomis Chaffee students, faculty, and staff found time to partner with organizations in the local community and celebrate the season on campus.
The spirit of giving was especially present during the Holiday Service Fair on December 10, when service clubs from around campus offered opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to support local organizations and participate in holiday activities.
The student-led Pelican Service Organization (PSO) sponsored its annual gingerbread house-making contest and donated the creatively decorated houses to local nursing homes and senior centers. Also, through the PSO, students made no-sew blankets for donation to Project Santa, an organization based in Windsor that offers businesses and community members a way to work together to help families experiencing difficult economic times during the holidays, and student volunteers collected new socks for local shelters and raised money to buy more socks.
The UNICEF Club ran a corn-hole fundraiser for UNICEF; the student-led Athletic Health Club raised money, and awareness of the need, to support the mental health of student athletes; and students involved in the Education Fund Club ran a trivia game fundraiser and will donate the proceeds to Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport, Conn.
The Connecticut Children’s Club collected toys in person and online for the Connecticut Children’s Hospital in Hartford, and the Loomis Chaffee Animal Conservation Society also raised money for pet food and supplies for local shelters.
The Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Club ran a clothing drive for students in need at Sage Park Middle School in Windsor, and the Loomis Chaffee community pitched in to provide gifts for Holiday Help and Project Santa, helping to provide a happy holiday season for 24 local families and individuals.
Students, faculty, and staff also enjoyed the spirit of the season by crafting ornaments from natural and repurposed materials in the Pearse Hub for Innovation, and the Chamber Singers provided a chance for all to lend their voices in holiday song as they led a caroling procession through campus, on December 13, a video of which is available here.