For the 19th straight year, the Office of Multicultural Programs and the Center for Community Service hosted a holiday party for more than 100 preschoolers. Children from Hartford’s Noah Webster School were this year’s guests of honor. They danced and played games, had lunch, received a stuffed animal, and of course had their pictures taken with Santa. As is the case each year, volunteers from across campus made the party a success. Thank you to the Campus Activities Team, the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life and their fraternities and sororities, Office of the Dean of Students, Mortensen Library, the Hartt Community Division, University Dining Services, the Career Center, and Student Centers and Activities.
The Center for Community Service’s Angel Tree is another annual tradition that helps local children. Each angel on the tree symbolized a pledge to buy a gift for a child at the South Park Inn or the Village for Families & Children. This year, 120 gifts were purchased.
The University Libraries collected winter clothes for Hartford’s Center Church to distribute to those in need. Students, faculty, and staff members donated 140 mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves by placing them on the “Mitten Tree” in the Mortensen Library lobby.