Pelicans and Paddington at Local Library

A group of Loomis Chaffee students engaged school-aged children on the topic of homelessness at a Paddington Bear-themed event at the Windsor Pubic Library on Tuesday, January 28.  

The Be Homeful Project, organized by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, seeks to educate young people about homelessness in a stigma-free way using Paddington, the much-loved character from children’s literature, as an approachable point of reference.

At Tuesday afternoon’s free, walk-in event, members of the Windsor Public Library staff read Paddington Bear stories to a group of local children ranging in age from 5 to 9 years. Afterwards, members of Loomis' student-led Pelican Service Organization (PSO) engaged the young attendees in an educational craft project.

The event was “a huge success,” according to Emily Ziemba, a librarian at Loomis, who spearheaded the school’s participation in the event. The PSO leaders included seniors Michele Park and Ninja Suchato; junior Declan Coyle; and sophomore Andrew Park. Heather Henderson, director of Community Service at Loomis, was also involved in coordinating the school’s involvement.

Based in Hartford, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is a partnership of service providers, public officials, faith-based organizations, businesses, schools, libraries, and individual community members who are working to end homelessness through action, advocacy, and education. 

Connect to the organization’s website to learn more about the Be Homeful Project and the coalition’s other community assistance programs.