On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, East Hartford High School will be holding its tenth annual Community Awareness Day, a day in which all EHHS students have the opportunity to learn about community involvement and service learning opportunities.
To develop a deeper understanding of what they can do to give back, freshmen students will visit service oriented organizations (such as the American Red Cross, Unified Sports, and True Colors) at the Service Learning Fair. EHHS students and faculty members will also engage in energizing team-building activities in the gymnasium to strengthen our school relationships.
Students will then attend a presentation by Liz Murray, accomplished author of the memoir Breaking Night, an autobiographical depiction of her journey from being homeless to going to Harvard. We are excited to have Ms. Murray speak to our students and we owe extreme gratitude to the Rise Network for making it possible.
This year, Community Awareness Day has many ongoing service components. Every elementary school in the East Hartford district has collaborated and invited EHHS students to their schools. Groups of twenty seniors will venture into elementary schools to facilitate team-building activities with the future Hornets. These activities were created to foster role-modeling for the children and give the upperclassmen an opportunity to discover and hone in on their leadership potential.
The high school has partnered with the United Way, Parks and Recreation, and the YMCA to offer our juniors the opportunity to give back to their town. Students will be able to volunteer their assistance at Martin Park, The Community Cultural Center, and three YMCA affiliated day-cares in East Hartford. A few additional local service opportunities are available this year, including new partnerships with Hillstown Grange, Glastonbury Hearth, and Urban Alliances. The United Way will be coming to the high school to involve students in a poverty simulation; following the simulation students will assemble toiletry kits for those in need.
EHHS Sophomores now have the option to assist neighborhood members around the high school with yard work and leaf-raking. Our district owes gratitude to Lowes, Home Depot, Agway, Walmart, and Ace Hardware for donating rakes to this cause last year. Recently, The Donor's Choose initiative fully funded a service project which allowed EHHS to procure 16 additional rakes. We'd like to thank all of the organizations who have partnered with the high school, volunteered their time, and welcomed us into their institutions. DATTCO bus drivers have also donated their time to make these volunteer trips a possibility.
The East Hartford High School community is excited to engage students in community awareness and orchestrate tangible acts of kindness. We're enthusiastic about fostering thankfulness at such an appropriate time of year and look forward to continuing this initiative for many years to come.