Country School ninth graders delivered “Dove Bags” of food for 46 local families in need, Dec. 19. Working in teams led by Upper School teachers Elizabeth Carroll and Will McDonough, and captained by students Annika Mannix of Wilton, Darla Moody of Pound Ridge, Ryland Strine of New Canaan and Jamie Staniar of Darien, the 36 students gathered, packed, recorded and transported the collected items to the Food Bank.
The Dove Program, currently in its 51st year, is organized by Person-to-Person, a non-profit organization located in Darien and Norwalk. The food was donated by students in the school’s Middle (Grades 5 & 6) and Upper (Grades 7-9) divisions.
The effort was a part of the school’s Service Learning program and was organized by members of the Ninth Grade Service Leadership Committee, which also includes Maren Frey, Thatcher Findlay, Payton Koch and Sasha Coughlin, all of New Canaan, and Brayden Hogue of Westport.
“Through this program, the students are able to take an active role in responding to the needs of members in our community who might otherwise go without this holiday season,” said Country School teacher Elizabeth Carroll. “This is one of several community outreach initiatives in which we work to bring to life components of our mission statement: ‘To teach personal, social and environmental responsibility to create a community that honors diversity and our common humanity.’”