Spring Into Action: Community Action Day Focuses on Supporting Refugees
Spring Into Action: Community Action Day Focuses on Supporting Refugees

Community Action Day, formerly the Day of Service, adopted a thematic approach to the day, focused on "Refugees: Finding Understanding and Support Through Action." This topic was inspired by the yearlong work of students in the Lower School, who have been making and selling bracelets to raise funds displaced Syrian refugee children and families, writing letters to children across the country, and making welcome packets for those in need.

"You helped the rest of the school today. You all decided that you wanted to do something to support and help refugees, and so the rest of the school saw that and decided "I think we need to join the Lower School," said Barret Fabris, Director of the Center for Justice, Peace, and Global Citizenship. "That's a very big deal."

The day started with a Community Action Day panel with representatives from Dorcas International Institute, Refugee Women's Care Center Rhode Island, Refugee Dream Center, AHope (Syrian Refugees), and the ACLU of Rhode Island.

Taking the lead from the Lower School, Middle and Upper School students volunteered their time in various organizations with a wide range of missions across the state including:

· Refugee Women's Care Center Rhode Island

· Refugee Dream Center

· Dorcas International Institute

· William D'Abate Elementary School

· George Wiley Center

· Camp Street Ministries

· Jewish Alliance Center

· George Wiley Center

· Providence Animal Shelter

· AHope

· Bethany Home

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Alumnae joined in the day and spread the Lincoln love by participating in service projects across the country. Four groups gave their time to Rosie's Place in Boston, The Unity Council in the Bay Area, Misericordia in Chicago, and some local alumnae joined current students in various locations in the state. Many thanks to our alumnae hosts, Mih-Ho Cha Neenan '81, Ellie Cutler Rineck '06, Abbey Canning '09, and Juliana Raimondi '99.

Watch the below video featuring Mr. Fabris, speaking to Lower School about their contribution to the important work done on Community Action Day!

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