Community Soundings: Donations, acts of kindness and more
Five Darien residents were named to the honor’s or high honor’s lists at Pomfret School, an independent college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9 through 12.
James Kellogg was named to the fall 2016 honor’s list. To achieve this level of distinction, Kellogg, a member of the class of 2019, earned a grade-point average of at least 3.330 and received no grade lower than a B minus.
To make the high honor’s list, students must earn a grade-point average of 3.670 and received no grade lower than a B for the fall 2016 term. From the class of 2017, Charles Close, Colton Saunders and Mikael Toikka earned that honor. Abigail Conway, a member of the class of 2018, also made the high honor’s list.
Planters Choice Nursery in Watertown donated 30 trees to the Tree Conservancy of Darien right before Christmas.
In line with the goal of replacing trees lost to storms, disease and construction, and with funds available through donations to the nonprofit, TCD will use the trees to replant at the Town Hall ball field, Pear Tree Beach and other locations. In addition to contributing to the aesthetics of town property, the new trees will add to shade, drainage and help create a healthy ecosystem for generations to come.
Established in 2010, TCD has planted 335 trees in Darien. To find out more about TCD or to donate, visit treeconservancyofdarien.org.
Hold off on donations to P2P
Person-to-Person is in the process of conducting a comprehensive inventory in the Darien Clothing Center. During that time — due to the generosity of so many in the community — the center will be unable to accept any new donations of clothing, household items, toys, etc.
P2P, a nonprofit that provides low-income individuals and families living in lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services, will begin accepting donations again starting Jan. 23.
With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton. More information may be found at www.p2pHelps.org.
Hubbard is majoring in business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
All last month at New Canaan Country School, colorful sticky notes covered the walls of the Lower School bearing short messages about moments of kindness witnessed in December. Students, teachers, staff and parents added to the collection daily.
Head of Lower School Meaghan Mallin of New Canaan introduced the “Catching Kindness” project at the Lower School Assembly on Dec. 5, sharing a few of her own observations of small acts of kindness and inviting several teachers to share moments they had “caught” as well. One teacher shared that she noticed a student helping another clean up math materials. Another spoke about how she felt when a student gave her a hug at the end of the day.
On the first day of this project, nearly 100 acts of kindness were posted on the walls.
Country School students help out
Ninth grade students at New Canaan Country School collected and delivered “dove bags” of food for 52 local families on Dec. 16. The Dove Program, currently in its 48th year, is overseen and organized by Person-to-Person, a nonprofit organization located in Darien and Norwalk.
The food was donated by students in grades 5-9, while the 45 ninth-graders split into their blue and white teams to facilitate organization and distribution of the 150 bags, loading them into vans and then off-loading them at the food pantry.
In addition to the efforts of the ninth grade students, the sixth grade at the iindependent day school spent Dec. 20 at Person-to-Person in Darien, assisting with behind-the-scenes tasks such as re-stocking the food pantry and organizing clothing donations.
Opioid prevention slogan contest
A heroin epidemic is sweeping the country, and the state is no exception, with two people dying from an opioid overdose each day. The Darien Health Department is asking for local students’ help to get the word out about opioid abuse by participating in the Opioid Prevention Committee’s slogan contest.
The contest is open to middle and high school students in lower Fairfield county from Darien, New Canaan, Stamford and Greenwich. Students are encouraged to submit a 30-character slogan that is attention-grabbing and warns readers about the dangers of drug use.
Contest entries must be submitted to norxabuse.com by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2017. The winner of the contest will get $250 in prizes. Two honorable mention winners will get $100 in prizes.
All participants will be acknowledged on the contest website.
The winning slogan will be announced and a public award granted as a component of the Health Needs Assessment presentation by the Darien Health Department at the Darien Library on Jan. 19, 2017. The award will constitute the official launch of the campaign and the slogan will be the official “tagline” in the upcoming campaign and marketing materials to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.