Carmel Academy’s students and faculty have spent the past month preparing to give back to the greater Stamford community. After a school-wide food and toy drive, the students visited both The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County and David’s Treasure Tree at Stamford Hospital to restock shelves.
Carmel Academy’s fourth grade students visited the Stamford-based food bank just days before Thanksgiving with more than 200 pounds of food donations, as well as close to $150 they had collected. The students unloaded the food and helped stock the shelves.
Last week, Carmel’s Student Council leaders visited David’s Treasure Tree Toy Closet in the pediatric unit at Stamford Hospital. The students delivered an overflowing box of new toys, collected at the school. Every child admitted to the hospital is given a toy from the tree. The program was founded to honor David Bennett Kanarek of Greenwich, who lost his battle with leukemia in 2000, at the age of 15. David’s mother, Robin, was at the hospital to talk to Carmel’s students about the program.
The two community projects were part of Carmel Academy’s educational philosophy that is designed to prepare its students to take their place as members of the community and as citizens of the world. Carmel, a private school for Jewish children, supports more than a dozen local and global causes each year as part of the school’s commitment to giving back.