In the flurry of activity before Winter Break, Loomis Chaffee students, faculty, and staff found time to connect with local community members and celebrate the holiday season around the Island.
A collaboration of student organizations, including the Pelican Service Organization, PRISM (People Rising In Support of Multiculturalism), the Jewish Student Union, the Pelican Support Network, the Christian Fellowship, and SPECTRUM (LGBTQ alliance), invited the school community to donate hats and gloves during the week of December 10 for area organizations to share with people in need this winter. The warm accessories were delivered to the South Park Inn homeless shelter in Hartford, Jewish Family Services of West Hartford, and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Windsor.
On Tuesday, December 11, Director of Community Service Heather Henderson delivered a truckload of gifts from the Loomis Chaffee community to the Windsor Chamber of Commerce's Project Santa effort. Participation in Project Santa has become a tradition on the Island over the years. Groups representing dorms, departments, offices, advisee groups, and families contributed gifts to meet "wish lists" of Windsor-area individuals and families in need.
Early in the month, the student-led Pelican Service Organization hosted a gingerbread house-making contest for students and donated the four the winning house designs to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity for the organization's holiday raffle fundraiser.
As the Winter Break approached, members of the Loomis community gathered to mark the season and share traditions. Dorms gathered on Tuesday, December 11, to celebrate the first Holiday Family-Style dinner in the new Scanlan Campus Center, and, keeping with tradition, the A Cappelicans followed the dinner with a concert in Founders Chapel. In dorms across the Island, students and faculty celebrated the holidays by exchanging gifts, lighting Hanukkah menorahs, building gingerbread houses, and enjoying other seasonal festivities. On Thursday, December 13, the last day of classes before the break, the Chamber Singers gave a musical send-off to Island residents — strolling through the halls and offices around campus singing carols and other holiday tunes. Classes ended later that day and will resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2019.
The boys and girls varsity basketball and ice hockey teams will participate in holiday tournaments December 17–21.