Freshman Service Day: Learning Service & Stewardship

The Class of 2022 connected with community members and took part in local service and stewardship projects during Freshman Service Day on Wednesday, October 11.

Each fall while sophomores and juniors take practice college entrance exams and seniors work on their college applications, freshmen break into groups and fan out into the community to add context to their Freshman Seminar discussions of altruism, philanthropy, and service.

After breakfast, the more than 130 students joined faculty leaders to work on projects on and off campus.

Focusing on the environment, one group cleared debris along sections of nearby riverbeds. Another freshman group harvested produce from the school gardens and delivered it to the Windsor Food Bank.

A number of student groups and their faculty chaperones worked on making connections with people in surrounding communities. Several students joined in a "music and memory" project with residents of Seabury Meadows, an assisted living community for senior citizens in need of memory support. Another group prepared more than 100 sandwiches and delivered them to the Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen in Enfield, Conn. Several freshmen visited Mary's Place which serves bereaved children and their families in Windsor. Meanwhile, a large group of freshmen visited Foodshare, Hartford's regional food bank, where they prepared and packaged food for distribution to community members in need.

Making connections at local schools, groups of freshmen joined learning activities with students at Windsor's Oliver Ellsworth, John F. Kennedy, and Poquonock elementary schools, and others interacted with students on the autism spectrum at the River Street School, also in Windsor.

In the Richmond Art Center on campus, several freshmen worked in the ceramics studio making bowls to contribute to Loomis' donation to the Empty Bowls Project, a hunger awareness and fundraising effort.

Both inspirational and fun, according to several of the participants, Freshman Service Day allowed students to get to know one another a little better and work alongside faculty members and deans. The exercise also served as an introduction to some of the service and stewardship opportunities in which Loomis students may participate.

Connect to the media link to see photos from Freshman Service Day 2018.