Giving back

June 24, 2021

Being an active member of one’s community and assisting wherever and whenever possible is a vital part of the Cheshire Academy experience and is represented in the Eight Pillars of Bowden—core values and basic beliefs instilled in CA students. 

At the end of the school year, CA boarding students participated in the Green Move-Out program, allowing them to gift various items to local nonprofit organizations. Even with fewer students on campus than in years past due to the pandemic, thousands of pounds of goods were diverted from the waste stream and will be reused by individuals and families, some of whom are in need. 

Following Commencement on June 5 and boarding students departed campus, History Department chair and Sustainability Coordinator Jennifer Dillon, Head of School Julie Anderson, student Kamden Denomme ’23, science teacher Caron Quantick, and others filled vehicles for goods to be delivered to area organizations. 

The organizations donated to this year and the products gifted are as follows: 

Cheshire Community Food Pantry: 56.7 pounds of food and personal products. 

Egalitarian Empowering Solutions: more than 200 pounds of clothing. 

Integrated Refugee & Immigration Services (IRIS) of New Haven: 12 desk lamps, boxes of school supplies, nine fans, four drying racks, countless pillows, multiple bedding sets, and other assorted items. 

Re-Read Books & More of Cheshire: 110 personal books.