Charters Give Back

Connecticut charter community prides itself on the high standards the schools have for their students. Those standards extend themselves not only to how they perform in the classroom, but also how they perform in the community. If it’s a matter of character and humanitarianism, our students exceed expectations every single time.

This Thanksgiving, our schools wanted to give back to those less fortunate and organized local food drives in their communities.

Explorations Charter School in Winsted was able to collect more than 600 cans for The Community Soup Kitchen of Torrington where nearly 40% of their students live.

Explorations Students posing with Lisa Hageman, the Executive Director of the Community Soup Kitchen in Torrington

The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Great Oaks Charter School in Bridgeport were able to collect more than 85 items for Bridgeport Rescue Mission in just a few days.

Common Ground High School is still holding their food and coat drive which will continue until the end of December and proceeds will go to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in downtown New Haven. Common Ground students have donated goods and volunteered their time and Loaves and Fishes for years.


Students at IDCS packing up donations

New Beginnings Family Academy (NBFA) in Bridgeport delivered over 300 baskets of food to families in need in their community in conjunction with the Merton House. Additionally, in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the city of Jérémie, Haiti was decimated. Eighty percent of homes and buildings and 90% of crops were destroyed, rendering more the vast majority of the population homeless.  NBFA, in conjunction with Integrated Day Charter School (IDCS) in Norwich, and Interdistrict School for Arts and Communications (ISAAC) in New London rallied together to take their aid to an international level. They raised more than $1000, and collected desperately needed food, medicine, and hygiene supplies for the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF), a Connecticut and Jérémie-based nonprofit that is working around the clock to provide food and medical attention to those affected by the storm. The next shipment of supplies will be sent on December 17th, 2016.

ISAAC students posing with food donations

Thank you to all of our students, families, and faculty that participated in this season of giving.

If you would like to assist any of the organizations mentioned in this article, their contact information can be found below.

Community Soup Kitchen of Torrington, 220 Prospect St, Torrington, CT 06790

Bridgeport Rescue Mission, 1088 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06605

The Merton House, 43 Madison Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, 57 Olive St, New Haven 06511

Haitian Health Foundation, 97 Sherman St, Norwich, CT 06360

Adam is a Community Organizer for the Northeast Charter Schools Network.

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