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Rectory Students Focused on Community Outreach
Megan Bard, Associate Director of Communications

“Rectory’s mission is for our students to become great citizens as well as great thinkers. Our goal is that all embrace the notion that as global citizens, we have an obligation to give back…in whatever form and for whatever cause is right for us,” Head of School Fred Williams said.

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Rectory School’s mission is to provide students with an enriched and supportive academic, social, and ethical community that addresses individual learning styles, aptitudes, and needs while promoting self-worth and accountability.

Over the past four months, students from kindergarten through ninth grade and their teachers have kept this mission in mind as they wholeheartedly took on several projects intending to better the lives of their neighbors throughout Windham County and children with potentially terminal illnesses.

“Rectory’s mission is for our students to become great citizens as well as great thinkers. Our goal is that all embrace the notion that as global citizens, we have an obligation to give back…in whatever form and for whatever cause is right for us,” Head of School Fred Williams said.

In the weeks before winter break, their hard work culminated with donations of gift cards, gingerbread houses, clothing, toys, and food shared with several social service agencies in the Northeast Corner. In addition, a student-led initiative raised $2,500 to help fund research on childhood cancer and blood disorders.

Middle School students part of the Community Services Elective collected $480 in loose change for gift cards for homeless individuals and families supported by the United Services; sewed 75 fleece hats for the Community Market at TEEG; and collected two large moving boxes of clothing, toys, and food for the Putnam Family Resources Center, in addition to 26 gift bags with personal care items.

“It is important for our student community to reach beyond the campus and give to those in need when we all have so much,” said Maria Sangiolo-Jessurun, Rectory learning specialist and Community Service Elective teacher.

Rectory Elementary School students know that although they are little, they can do big things. For more than a decade, Rectory’s youngest students have built gingerbread houses and donated the festive structures to Seely Brown Village to become centerpieces on their dining tables and sewed 31 Christmas Tree ornaments for each resident. The students also presented gingerbread houses to TEEG in the hope that it adds joy and helps to make their clients’ holidays bright. The structures were carefully wrapped in cellophane bags and decorated with curling ribbons before homemade cards were attached for a finishing touch.

Director of Elementary Maria Carpenter said the opportunity to do good for the community left the students feeling accomplished and happy inside. So much so that the elementary school teamed up with the Children at Rectory (CARe) program to fill a TEEG truck with a variety of holiday gifts from a holiday tag tree created for the purpose.

Looking beyond Windham County, the Rectory community participated in Connecticut Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders’ PJ Day for the Kids at the behest of fifth grader Hadly Herdic. The student council took on the responsibility of collecting the donations and on December 10 dozens donned their favorite pajamas, sweatpants, and sweatshirts for the day after contributing at least $1 to the effort. By the day’s end, $2,500 was raised and donated to the medical center.

“I hope our students’ eyes are opened as they engage in service opportunities. They hopefully learn lessons on life as they consider human experiences different than their own. And they adopt a call to service as an opportunity—not an obligation—an opportunity that gives both ways, as the doer benefits as well,” Mr. Williams said.

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