Church of Christ Congregational (UCC), Norfolk, CT

Children at the Norfolk Early Learning Center
donate food to the Norfolk Food Pantry

Throughout November and December, the children and staff of Norfolk Early Learning Center worked together to emphasize kindness and the importance of community. The children in NELC’s school age program compiled a list of ideas and activities that would help others or simply make their day. This included baking cookies for the Volunteer Fire Department, making cards for Veterans and coming together as a “family” for the center’s annual Thanksgiving pancake feast. One thing that stood out for the children, was that there are people in our own town who struggle to put food on the table. This call to action sparked their interest. Before long, a sign had been made and a basket had been placed in the entrance, announcing that the children of Norfolk Early Learning Center were collecting non-perishable food items for our local food pantry which is located in the Battell Chapel. The children were proud of their community service and NELC teachers were able to incorporate simple math curriculum such as sorting food, counting cans and graphing totals. Helping others has never felt so good!