Like many great ideas, this one is simple, yet powerful. Students in Ms. De Vries and Mr. Dickson's advisory devised a service project this month that is both incredibly creative, yet easy to facilitate
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
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.
Every year, all students and faculty come together to give back to the community. Throughout the day, they participate in service projects on and off campus. Meals are served at soup kitchens and clean-up efforts are led at parks, beaches, and neighborhoods. Past projects have also included refurbishing furniture for refugees, knitting hats for chemotherapy patients, and so much more.
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.