Community Service: Opportunities and Outreach

Highlighting Westminster’s dedication to “service beyond self,” as articulated in the school’s mission, community service is an integral part of life on the Hill. Interested students can participate in the community service afternoon program that can involve tutoring at local schools, volunteering at local nonprofit organizations or supporting local and global causes.
 
All Westminster students are encouraged to embody the school’s core values of character and involvement by sharing their time and energy with the community-at-large. Working together for a good cause builds camaraderie and strengthens friendships, but, even more importantly, it encourages a life of compassion and service to others.

Student Outreach

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  • The John Hay Society

    The John Hay Society emphasizes the importance of service through the messages of the chapel program and through the donation of collections to various local, national and international needs. The elected members of the society also sponsor a food drive for area food kitchens and special fundraisers for various local, national and international organizations.
  • S.O.N. (Serving Our Neighbors)

    S.O.N., an organization open to all students, blends fun events with fundraising to bring attention to worthy causes and encourage widespread student participation. Some of the most memorable and successful initiatives have been the Angel Tree Project, which bring toys and gifts to needy families during the holidays; the Halloween Dance, which requires a donation of canned goods for the Simsbury Food Pantry as admission; and the Valentine’s Day flower sale when students purchase carnations for friends and all proceeds go to Gifts of Love.
  • The Multiple Sclerosis Walk

    Since 2000, Westminster School has been an official host site for the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual walk each spring to raise money for multiple sclerosis research and service programs. Many students, faculty and staff help with the day’s setup, operations and cleanup. Many also participate in the walk, which extends into Simsbury and back. There is also a shorter walk on campus.
  • Afternoon Service

    Fifth and Sixth Formers have the option of participating in community service for their afternoon program commitment. Students choose from a list of community service options, then meet four times a week for approximately two hours to fulfill the requirements of the program. Programs range from reading to the elderly at Governor’s House in Simsbury, to tutoring area children at St. Mary’s School to creating meaningful bonds with students at The University of Hartford Magnet School.
  • SPHERE

    SPHERE is a consortium of independent schools from the greater Hartford area that came together in the early ’70s because of a common commitment to diversity, originally expressed through summer enrichment programs for students from the city of Hartford. Today, the consortium consists of 11 member schools: Avon Old Farms, Cobb School Montessori, The Ethel Walker School, Kingswood Oxford School, The Loomis Chaffee School, Miss Porter’s School, Pomfret School, Renbrook School, Suffield Academy, Watkinson School and Westminster School.
     
    SPHERE coordinates programs that bring students and faculty together from all member schools. Admissions, outreach to local communities, professional development for faculty, faculty of color recruitment and support, and human relations programs work to enhance the quality of campus life for all faculty and students.

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