Monday, June 8, 2009

Hopkins and Habitat

From June 1-4, the Hopkins School senior class, with faculty and staff chaperones, volunteered time in remodeling of several houses on sites around Bridgeport with Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County, thhe school said in a statement.

Seniors installed windows and siding, built scaffolding and pre-fabricated walls, painted home exteriors, and created a community garden on a previously vacant lot, the statement said. Hopkins’ volunteers also cleaned two large vacant schools; one of the schools, the Barnum School, was just purchased by Achievement First. That school was cleaned and readied for opening in August, the statement said.

Also, a day was spent helping at the Girl Scouts Camp Murray in East Haven, repairing benches, sanding then staining the interior of the camp “chalet” and landscaping.

The project is the third year in a commitment to community service by Hopkins School. Instead of final exams, each year a week-long event is planned with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and United Way of Greater New Haven and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County for the senior class and Hopkins faculty and staff to work together for local communities, the statement said.

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