Although this school year has looked different due to Covid-19, the staff and students at the Cromwell Learning Center felt it was more important now than ever, to give back to the community. Each year we hold our annual Turkey Trot fundraiser. Our students look forward to this activity and we did not want to disappoint! Each student that participates in this walk, asks staff to sponsor them and then they walk around our track, as many times as they can. Even with Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing, our students stepped up to the challenge and were proud to have raised $165.00. This money was donated to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown.
Another activity our students participated in was making cards for the residents at Covenant Living of Cromwell. They made cards for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and are currently in the process of making Valentine’s Day cards. This has been a great activity that all our students, no matter their age or grade level, can participate in.
One of the students from the Work Study Program (Brandon) stated, “It feels great knowing I can bring a smile to someone’s face, especially since they may not be able to see family during these difficult times”. Brandon has enjoyed making multiple cards during his work study periods and looks forward to doing it again.
Along with the Turkey Trot and the cards for Covenant Living, our students also sent letters to Veterans in honor of Veterans Day. The letters for Veterans were done through a wonderful organization called Operation Gratitude. Some of the students did a great job writing heartfelt letters thanking them for their years of service, while others made beautiful collages to show their appreciation and gratitude. It was amazing to see the participation from both staff and students and we plan to continue to give back in any way we can.