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May 2017 Pelican Day Focused on Common Good

On Saturday, May 13, the final Pelican Day for the 2016–17 school year, freshmen and sophomores took part in a "service stroll" around the Loop Road and participated in a variety of service learning activities while seniors participated in information sessions about the transition from Loomis to college. Juniors, most of whom took the SATs the previous Saturday, had a day to catch up on other work.

The Pelican Day Service Stroll featured more than 25 student clubs and community organizations stationed around the Loop. Each station offered an opportunity for students to learn about the organization, to take part in an activity to gain awareness, and, in some cases, to make a donation or join the organization's efforts. The stroll was organized by Heather Henderson, director of Community Service; Gratia Lee, director of the Agricultural Program; and Eric LaForest, director of the Norton Family Center for the Common Good, and was co-sponsored by the Town of Windsor Hunger Action Team.

Some of the organizations represented included Empty Bowls, an anti-hunger organization; Connecticut Children's Medical Center; students in Amnesty International; Fisher House, which supports military families: this IRIS refugee support organization; the Connecticut Cat Connection, a no-kill shelter; Mary's Place, which helps grieving families; and Pelican in Action America, a student club that raises awareness and donations on behalf of at-risk albino children in Tanzania.

More than $700 was raised in total for the charitable organizations, and 540 non-perishable food items were collected for the Hunger Action Team's "Weekend Wheels" appeal, which helps provide nutritious food for families with school-aged children.

Local farmers and natural, sustainable, and fair-trade food vendors offered refreshments and other goods for sale at a Chaffee Hall Farmer's Market. Students in the Agricultural Program invited stroll participants to plant flowers in portable pots, and the student-led Instrumental Music Club provided entertainment.

Meanwhile, seniors attended sessions organized by the College Guidance Office as they look ahead to their transition to college. "Making the Most of the Academic Landscape," "College Social Scene," "Financial Literacy in College," and "Connecting to Opportunities" were some of the topics discussed, led by faculty and college-aged alumni facilitators at the Pelican Day sessions.

View a gallery of photos from the service stroll.
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