Following a national search, Loomis Chaffee has appointed Matthew Kammrath as the new Keller Family Director of the Norton Family Center for the Common Good.
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.
Schuyler Bailar, the first openly transgender NCAA Division I male swimmer, spoke to the school community about his experiences, struggles, and overall journey.
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal answered questions about climate and environmental issues posed by Loomis Chaffee student panelists during a virtual Youth Town Hall hosted by the school.