Students in grades K to 4 from have been working like elves all year long helping their community members out through various charitable acts. This past weekend, they delivered more than 200 pounds of food to the to help with holiday meals. The students were overjoyed after dropping off bags and bags stuffed with food, which took them two weeks to collect from their fellow students.
The group of students doing philanthropic work at such a young age are called Tisko Community Connectors. Parent Justine Moore believes the students have been working as "connectors" in the community for about 10 years. The school PTA launched the idea, she shared, "wanting to introduce young children to get involved with their community."
This year's schedule of events for the Community Connectors includes: A kids coat drive for , volunteering with the 1 event to benefit the Community Dining Room, The Community Dining Room Food Drive, , adopting families for the holidays, and they a drive for the .
The Tisko Children will also be making holiday decorations with their classes to help "cheer-up" town organizations.
Principal James O'Connor, noted how proud he was of the group and what they do for Branford. "At Tisko we consider ourselves a Family. We strongly believe in the importance of making connections with the Branford community and supporting other “families” in need. The Tisko Community Connectors promotes our philosophy by identifying those areas needing assistance and raising awareness among the students of the importance of being as helpful as possible."
More added, "As a parent, we feel Tisko Community Connectors starts the dialogue of community service and giving back at an early age that will hopefully continue throughout their lives. It gives us pride in our students and school by benefitting members of our community in need."