Community Service

large_text73206_57445Winston places a great emphasis on involving our students in community service opportunities through ‘Helping Hands’, our community service program. Our mission is for our students to develop an understanding and appreciation for their community while facilitating a sense of self and independence.

Helping Hands members volunteer throughout the entire school year on a weekly basis at Notre Dame Convalescent Home and Carousel Kids Preschool, both located in Norwalk. At Notre Dame, weekly activities include various art projects, culinary arts, and socializing with the residents. While at Carousel Kids, our Literacy volunteers read, interact, and lead arts and crafts projects to a classroom of preschoolers, while following the school’s monthly curriculum topics.

In addition, members participate in weekly club meetings on Fridays in order to organize and plan upcoming events and projects. This fall, Helping Hands will continue to organize various school-wide projects, supporting some the following: Connecticut Food Bank of Stamford, Autism Speaks, the American Red Cross, Scholastic’s Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive, Chikumbuso of Zambia, and The Open Door Shelter of Norwalk.

For the month of October, our community will come together to collect nonperishable food items in support of our friends at the Stamford Food Bank. We will be collecting their most needed items, which include: canned soup, dried beans, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, breakfast cereals, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, and juice boxes. Once all of the food has been collected, Helping Hands volunteers will drop off and have the opportunity to weigh the food at the Stamford Food Bank. Let’s hope we can beat last year’s grand total of 216 lbs of food!! We can do it, Winston!

We look forward to your participation this year and continue to appreciate all of your support!

For more information, please contact Lauren McBeth, Dean of Student Life