Groton’s Month of Service was a success, with events large and small taking place across the country. The arrival of Hurricane Sandy to the Eastern seaboard and its devastating impact on Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey prevented a couple of the projects from going forward. But in other parts of the country, Grotonians turned out to live Groton’s mission of service.
In San Francisco, the extended Groton family took to Ocean Beach on Saturday, November 10 for a beach clean-up. Joining forces were 14 current parents, alumni, spouses, and children, including Teebie Bunn Saunders ’94 with her husband, Jamie, and children, Jane and George; Bill Orrick ’71; Scott Cashen ’88; Corey Binns ’95 with her husband, Bjorn Carey, and their son, Henry; Nathan Brown ’95; Michael Keating ’95; Charles Ewald P’14, ’14, ’16 with his youngest daughter, Katherine; and Hugh de Loyaza ’16. On a beautiful blustery day, the group cleaned up a three-mile stretch of the coastline, working in tandem with the National Park Service.
In Los Angeles, 1999 Formmates Whitney Gosden, Iva Bahuguna, Dana Berlin, Jake De Grazia, and Naomi Stewart, and 2006 Formmates Graham McCulloch and Hunter Kinsella banded together to sort and distribute food at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. The group worked diligently for three hours and enjoyed the opportunity to support both their community and the School community.
In Washington, DC, Grotonians gathered on the National Mall to rake and bag leaves. An energetic crew of alumni and parent volunteers pitched in to help keep our nation’s capital clean and welcoming. Maryam Mujica ’96 and Kate McGloon ’81 led the group effort, which included a number of new faces to the D.C. contingent!
Closer to the Circle, Beth Kosis and Ron Nadeau, parents of Erik Nadeau ’14, traveled with Erik’s fellow Fifth Formers Tess Despres and Atiba McReynolds to the Brighton neighborhood of Boston and Cradles to Crayons. The Groton School contingent met up with Abby White ’92 and her daughter Emmy, and Liza Snell ’90 and her daughter Susannah, and Vicky Hayne ’04. Cradles to Crayons provides supplies to Boston-area children year-round: school supplies in late summer; coats, boots, hats, and gloves in late fall; toys at Christmas and Chanukah; and other items children need throughout the year. Together the Grotonians sorted, shopped, and prepared for delivery using lists that included the child’s name, age, and size. The Groton students were so enthusiastic about their work that they are planning another trip in the winter and plan on recruiting more of their formmates to help out.
Groton’s Month of Service will continue as events that Hurricane Sandy curtailed in NYC and Darien are rescheduled. The Person to Person event in Darien and the Baby Buggy event in New York City will be rescheduled for after the New Year.