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 encourages in students an expanded understanding of their roles as citizens in a diverse democracy and fosters an active, engaged approach to citizenship in our global society. Providing programs, resources and support in classroom and extra-curricular experiences, the Center inspires students to identify, create, and sustain ideas and actions on behalf of the common good in local-to-global contexts. The Center’s curricular and community activities support the school’s mission which exhorts Loomis students to serve “the best self and the common good.”
Throughout the year, 9th grade students participate in the Seminars in the Best Self and 10th grade students participate in the Seminars in the Common Good. School-wide Dialogues in the Common Good center on themes drawn from school, local, national, or world issues, personal narratives or position statements which illuminate the theme of “the common good.”
The Norton Center also actively supports and collaborates with Community Service, the Community Work Program, and the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies.
The student-led Pelican Service Organization (PSO) kicked off 2020-21 Community Engagement Program activities by inviting the Loomis community to join Foodshare's virtual Walk Against Hunger September 14–18.
The Loomis Chaffee Climate Action group (LCCA) has teamed up with the Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL) to advocate for the passage of the Carbon Fee and Dividend bill, a solution expected to drastically reduce emissions and prevent the worst impacts of a warming world.
Junior Kassie Rivera organized a support group for teenage siblings of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder in her New York City neighborhood last summer as part of Loomis Chaffee’s Norton Fellowship program.
The Norton Family Center for the Common Good kicked off a fourth summer of the Norton Fellowship Program on June 3, with overviews of the five student-directed, community engagement projects planned for this year.
The Pelican Service Organization partnered with fellow Pelicans in the Home of Hope Club to organize a fun and successful Color Run on Friday, May 17.
Senior Beatrice Dang unveiled her book, Those Who Served: A Collection of Interviews with Military Veterans, a culmination of her Norton Fellowship project, at a May 15 community event in Katharine Brush Library.
Pelican volunteers raised money and joined the 36th annual Foodshare Walk Against Hunger on Saturday, April 27.