Hartford Partnerships

Building a Bridge to Hartford

The Hartford Partnership programs below are the outgrowth of the school’s mission and have a direct impact on the young people of Hartford and the students of Westminster School.

Horizons at Westminster

Founded in 2018, Horizons at Westminster is part of a national network of K-8 summer school programs, which aims to build a “bridge” from one academic year to the next; to develop strong relationships between students, their peers, and their teachers; to build confidence; and to form essential life-long connections with learning.
This six-week summer enrichment program focuses on reading, math, problem-solving and real-life application of knowledge, providing a powerful learning experience for children from Hartford, Conn. Yet the relationship with these students and their families lasts well beyond the six weeks and may truly alter the trajectory of their lives. Horizons at Westminster makes an eight-year commitment to its students, as the same children return each summer, and also receive supplemental educational experiences through a number of Saturday sessions during the academic year.

Loaves and Fishes

On the second Thursday of each month, this outreach effort draws on several constituents from the Westminster community — faculty, staff, parents, and students — and sends a contingent to help serve lunch at Loaves and Fishes, a soup kitchen in Hartford.

The program assists the very neediest people of Hartford. Individuals that the Westminster volunteers will attend are people who face the problems and challenges often associated with poverty — hunger, homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction, etc. In addition to the risks of working with this population, volunteers must consider that Loaves and Fishes operates out of an old church basement, with all the potential problems/hazards associated with such environments.

For more information about Loaves and Fishes, contact Mary Eckerson at meckerson@westminster-school.org.

Spring Break in Hartford

During a week in the month of March, the Spring Break in Hartford program seeks to extend its outreach further by lending a hand to various service organizations (like Loaves and Fishes) and schools.

For more information about the Spring Break in Hartford program, contact Mary Eckerson at meckerson@westminster-school.org.

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Kathleen Devaney

    Kathleen Devaney 

    Executive Director, Hartford Partnerships & Horizons at Westminster
    (860) 408-3006
  • Photo of A-men Rasheed

    A-men Rasheed 

    Sixth Form Dean, Director of Theater & Dramat Productions
    (860) 408-3097
  • Photo of Todd Eckerson

    Todd Eckerson 

    Lead Teacher Civic Engagement
    (860) 408-3048
  • Photo of Mary Eckerson

    Mary Eckerson 

    Liaison, Loaves and Fishes

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