Connecticut’s public charter schools collect food for statewide holiday food drive

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To get into the holiday spirit and give back to their communities, eleven public charter schools from across Connecticut collected canned and non-perishable goods to donate to local food banks.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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Connecticut’s public charter schools collect food for statewide holiday food drive

New Haven, CT – To get into the holiday spirit and give back to their communities, eleven public charter schools from across Connecticut collected canned and non-perishable goods to donate to local food banks. Teachers, students, parents, and school staff donated and taught students the importance of community service.

According to the Connecticut Food Bank, 13.6 percent, or 488,350 of Connecticut’s residents are food insecure.

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Students at Waterbury's Brass City Charter School pose with provisions they plan to donate to a local food bank.

"At their core, Connecticut’s public charter schools are community-driven so it makes sense that their educators and students would understand the importance of giving to those in need in their own neighborhoods all year long, but especially during the holiday season," said Jeremiah Grace, Connecticut state director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network.  

“We couldn’t be more proud to see charter families in Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Stamford and other communities come together to give back to their neighbors,” continued Grace. “Seeing so many schools step forward to help those in need is exactly what the holiday season is about.”

Participating schools include: Achievement First Bridgeport Academy, Achievement First Hartford Academy, Achievement First Amistad Academy, Achievement First Elm City Preparatory Academy, Booker T. Washington Academy, Brass City Charter School, Explorations Charter School, Great Oaks Charter School, Highville Charter School, Path Academy, and Stamford Charter School for Excellence. 

According to the State Department of Education, Connecticut’s 24 public charter schools serve 9,303 students.

About the Northeast Charter Schools Network: The Northeast Charter Schools Network is a regional advocacy organization for the more than 200 charter schools in Connecticut and New York. Its mission is to support and expand high quality charter schools in the region. 

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