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IV Form Students "Walk a Mile"

Meredith Berry-Toon

IV Form students took part in community service and learned about civic engagement this weekend, participating in a community-wide event called "Walk a Mile". Upon the completion of Chapel and Brunch, students and faculty gathered on Sheehan Porch to prepare to walk the nearly two miles to the Big Y grocery store. Once at the Big Y, students purchased a bag of groceries and walked the mile back the Green to distribute the food at New Milford Social Services.

Theology teacher Cynthia Willmen, who organizes the IV Form retreat annually, remarks, "The IV Form retreat is an opportunity for students to put their faith into action. Supporting New Milford Social Service through Walk-A-Mile for a Meal helps the students give back to their community in a meaningful way."

This is the 9th year that Canterbury has participated in the "Walk a Mile" foodraiser. The event gives students the opportunity to get to know each other as classmates while engaging with the area surrounding the School. "Walk a Mile" is one of many local efforts of New Milford Social Services to address hunger and combat food insecurity. It is also one of the many, dedicated Community Service events that Canterbury students participate in throughout the year. Director of Community Service Keiko Mathewson writes, "Walk a Mile has been such a huge event for us because it kicks off our year with service. It's also especially important to keep us as a closely knit to our community as possible." Following the momentum of the IV Form Retreat, students of all forms have traditionally begun to organize the School's Annual Food Drive in October and November for New Milford Social Services.

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