Kindergartners learn about The Foote School community, then build it in miniature.
Community service begins in Kindergarten and continues through ninth grade, connecting Foote to the broader New Haven community and developing children’s empathy and understanding of critical social issues. Initiatives are undertaken by classrooms and whole grades and are often student-generated. Foote has strong relationships with area nonprofits and brings in speakers from those organizations to share with students. For our biannual Service Learning Day, the whole school takes part in a day of community service projects on campus and around greater New Haven.
On April 27, 2017, Foote held its first ever Service Learning Day. Every student and faculty member in the school participated in 48 separate service-learning projects on campus and throughout greater New Haven. They served meals at soup kitchens, knitted hats for chemotherapy patients, cleaned up parks, beaches and neighborhoods, refurbished furniture for refugees, and so much more. The experience helped students learn to work cooperatively as a group, to recognize their unique talents, and to expand their understanding of critical social issues.
For Foote’s first Service Learning Day, students participated in more than 40 separate community-service projects. Some sewed colorful dresses for girls in Haiti that lack adequate clothing.
Through service projects, my children realize the importance of working to solve problems not just for the Foote community but also for those in the broader New Haven community.
Jason Price, Foote parent