Community Outreach

SPHERE Community Service/Service Learning

The schools of SPHERE are committed to contributing to their communities and the Greater Hartford Area through service. We recognize the privilege we have as independent schools, students and staff and endeavor to make a positive impact on our local communities. SPHERE Schools commit campus facilities, resources and time to a wide variety of local agencies, schools and organizations. The contributions are not limited to community service as many of the schools also raise money for the benefit of our community partners.

Many of the member schools require community involvement from their students for graduation or matriculation.

A partial list of community involvement is listed below. More details about the community involvement of each school can be found on their websites.

Avon Old Farms
• Special Olympics Basketball
• JDRF Walk
• Community Garden
• Relay for Life
• Empty Bowls Project
• March Break Service Trip
• Toys for Tots with Hands on Hartford
• Avon Health Center Sunday Bingo
• Apheresis* with the Red Cross
• Habitat for Humanity in Hartford
• Special Olympics Soccer Spring
• CT Chasers Special Olympics Hockey program
• Senior Community Service Day with Hartford Schools
• “Push-ups for patriots” for wounded veterans

Cobb Montessori
• Gifts of Love
• Simsbury Food Closet
• Fundraisers including: Sister Montessori school in Bhutan, Red Cross, Oxfam, World Wildlife Organization

Ethel Walker School
• Community Farm of Simsbury
• Gifts of Love
• Grace Academy
• Church Street Eats
• Special Olympics Flag Football
• Second Chance Ranch Equine Rescue
• Special Olympics Floor Hockey
• FoodShare of Greater Hartford, Bloomfield

Kingswood Oxford
Community Service for the Middle school this year:
• Monthly visits to Loaves and Fishes
• Weekly visits to St. Mary’s Home
• Tuesday & Thursday visits for M.D. Fox
Special projects:
• Collection for the holiday
• Collection for the troops
• Winter clothing collection
• Giving Tree for a church in Hartford
• Thanksgiving food collection

Loomis Chaffee
• FoodShare of Greater Hartford, Bloomfield
• Caring Connection, Windsor, CT
• Northwest Park & Nature Center, Windsor
• Grace Academy, Hartford, CT
• Sewing Club (on campus)
• Learn to Skate, LC Hockey Rink
• Windsor Public Library Children’s Programs
• Rawson Elementary School Reading Literacy Program
• Pelican Eagle Tutoring Adventures with John F. Kennedy School, Windsor
• Discovery Center, Milo Peck Community Center, Windsor
• Asylum Hill and Northwest chapters of Boys and Girls Clubs, Hartford

Miss Porter’s
Annual or ongoing service learning / community service projects at Porter’s:
• Senior Community Café
• Habitat for Humanity
• HOH Backpack Program
• CHiP program
• Walk Against Hunger
• Grace Academy
• Hands on Hartford
• MANNA Program
• Farmington Food Pantry
• FAVARH Thrift Shop
• MS Walk
• Peter’s Retreat
• Dash for a Difference
• The Gables
• P.S. I Love You
• Bowlathon
• Art Sale
• Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
• Take Back the Night
• Community Farm of Simsbury
• Hillstead farmer’s market & annual banquet
• Reading Buddies tutoring program@ NWS
• Feeding Children Everywhere packing vent
• Battle of the Sexes (fight against breast cancer)

Renbrook
• Hebrew Healthcare – Hospital
• Salvation Army
• CT Children’s Medical Center
• Book Buddies – Heritage Learning Center
• Local Shelters – various activities

Suffield Academy
• Fidelco Guide Dogs
• Playground Reconstruction
• Local Day Care Centers
• Relay for Life
• Partnerships with Nursing Homes
• Clearing trails for rail trail or local parks
• Charity: Water
• The Petit Family Foundation
• Hearts of the Father
• Tutoring elementary students in Bloomfield and Springfield
• Peer mentoring elementary students in Bloomfield and Springfield
• Town of Suffield Emergency Aide (food drives, adopt a family, etc.)

Watkinson
Middle School Service Learning Projects
• Service Club
• Watkinson Student Foundation
• Varsity Gardeners
• Watkinson All-School Spring Service Day
• Summer SPHERE program
• Science – Annually the students study and determine the water quality of the Park River using the Benthic Macroinvertebrates. Partnering with the town of Bloomfield, they stencil “Dump no Waste—Drains to River” on storm drains in Bloomfield that connect to the Park River.
• English – After reading the book “Heartbeat,” the story of a multi-generational family, the students volunteer at a local Nursing Home.
• Help Increase the Peace Project with Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School

Westminster
Work Program
• Every Westminster student contributes to the community through a daily work project.
Afternoon Program
• Option to contribute via community service as part of organized group.
• Reggio Magnet School, 4-H Farm
Weekend Activities
• Organized activities through Weekend Duty team/faculty volunteer
Individual Initiatives
• Students organize their own events or on-going programs for the community
• Students take “Exemptions” from the Afternoon Program to participate in a special community-service project
• Multiple Sclerosis Walk
Serving Our Neighbors (SON)
• Canned food drive for Simsbury Food Bank
• Christmas toy drive
• Other various projects
Westminster Crossroads Learning Program in Hartford (WCLP)
• Afternoon program at Hartford Public High School
• Summer program in Hartford
• Tutoring at Jumoke Academy
• Monthly visits to Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen
• Spring Break in Hartford
Curricular Options
• Social Justice/Social Entrepreneurship trimester electives
• New Fourth Form required course: Civic Engagement
Discovery Center
• Westminster collaborates with the Discovery Center and periodically provides both math labs and science labs for students from two Hartford schools: the Mary Hooker Magnet School as well as the Noah Webster Microsociety Magnet School