20 12, 2019

CELC Middle School Students Bring Learning Through Experience to Younger Students! 

2020-04-14T16:35:46-04:00December 20th, 2019|Categories: Community Service, Events|

Trees were the theme during CELC’s visit to Sunnyside Up Early Learning Center of North Haven, CT.   CELC students planned and delivered activities around this theme to engage with younger students in a hands-on and interactive way.  The group explored tree-related vocabulary, science concepts, and art as they created a “tree factory” and then designed [...]

11 02, 2019

Volunteerism in The News at CELC

2019-07-21T07:48:49-04:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Community Service|

Community Service is included in CELC Middle School’s curriculum.   For students, it allows for the realization that it is possible to make a difference in the lives of others.  The energy and enthusiasm is evident as students step outside of themselves to focus on helping others. This year CELC volunteers twice per month to [...]

11 02, 2019

CELC In Action (Community Dining Room Edition)

2019-07-27T12:21:12-04:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Community Service, Students Write|

- written by CELC students Natalia and Spencer  On January 17, 2019, students from Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School were lucky enough to volunteer at the Community Dining Room in Branford. CELC regularly invites the students to experience different things as part of the experientially- based curriculum; this time it was to volunteer at [...]

25 11, 2018

Help EducArte Empower Youth!

2019-08-31T03:54:19-04:00November 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community Service, Spanish|

Billy Ochoa teaches Spanish at CELC Middle School, via Skype from Guatemala. In Guatemala, he works directly with an organization called EducArte, supporting youth who cannot afford to attend school. EducArte brings education and many health and community servcies to youth and their families. This fundraiser is designed to help Billy and EducArte raise the $350.00 [...]

22 09, 2018

Help CELC Middle School Support Mother’s Against Drunk Driving 

2019-08-31T03:57:52-04:00September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community Service, Events|

Branford Walk Like MADD 2018 with Team CELCstars  CELC Middle School is participating in Walk Like MADD Saturday, 13 October 2018 to raise critical funds for Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) and help put an end to the 100 % preventable crime of drunk driving.  Walk alongside us and take steps to stopping this violent crime. [...]

28 07, 2018

A Guatemala Story, Lives on Film with Digital Storytelling

2019-08-31T04:03:48-04:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community Service, Travel and Field Experiences|

by Melinda Alcosser As a recipient of a scholarship from the Friendship Fund, I was recently fortunate to travel to Guatemala with a group of educators on a Digital Storytelling program run by Peaceworks Travel.  This organization was founded by a history teacher just after 9/11, who felt it vital to find a way to [...]

2 05, 2018

Yale SOM and Looking Closely at CELC Middle School

2019-08-31T04:09:34-04:00May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Academics, Blog, Community Service|

A buzz of conversation and activity and the sharing of ideas when graduate students from Yale University’s School of Management (SOM) visited CELC Middle School as part of the SOM Day of Service.  Middle school students were engaged in a Shark Tank Simulation experience, led by the Yale students.  The focus was identifying and developing unique [...]

11 04, 2018

Gratitude for The Abbey of Regina Laudis

2019-08-31T04:10:37-04:00April 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community Service, Travel and Field Experiences|

Visiting the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT is a significant part of every CELC year. CELC is fortunate to have established the relationship with this cloistered Benedictine community when one of our colleagues and farmer, years ago discovered the rare breed cattle that exist at the Abbey - Dutch Belted dairy cattle, all black [...]

1 02, 2018

Join Food Rescue US with CELC

2019-08-31T04:15:24-04:00February 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog, Community Service, Events|

As part of an ongoing study of ecology and sustainability, CELC Middle School students have launched a project with Food Rescue US.  CELC students work with local organizations in food service-oriented businesses, such as restaurants and retail stores, to re-purpose food that is “too good to be wasted” but that would otherwise be thrown away.  [...]

27 11, 2017

Hats, Gloves, and Mittens Needed for Students Affected by Natural Disasters

2019-08-31T04:20:07-04:00November 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community Service|

CELC Middle School is accepting donation of new or gently used warm accessories (hats, gloves, mittens) for students arriving from Puerto Rico / Mexico due to natural disasters. Please bring items to bins located at any one of the following Branford locations: front lobby 28 School Street; inside Stony Creek Market; or lobby of Willoughby [...]

29 09, 2017

Join Our Team CELCstars and Walk like MADD Saturday, 14 OCT 2017

2019-08-31T04:23:37-04:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Community Service, Events|

CELC is participating in Walk Like MADD Saturday, 14 October 2017 to raise critical funds for Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) and help put an end to the 100 % preventable crime of drunk driving.  Walk alongside us and take steps to stopping this violent crime.  Join the CELCstars team! Register online at: https://www.walklikemadd.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=58911   CELC [...]

1 12, 2016

Students Seek Donations for Winter Clothing Drive

2019-08-31T05:18:09-04:00December 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Community Service|

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School holds Winter Clothing Drive to benefit Lincoln Bassett School and those who are homeless in New Haven. Please donate clean gently used winter clothing - children’s clothes are especially requested - and clean blankets, which will be given to those in need. Bring donations to 28 School Street, [...]

16 11, 2015

Here’s How CELC is Helping

2019-08-31T09:58:41-04:00November 16th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Community Service, Events|

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School students have a number of community service projects underway. We ask that you please contribute to any of the following efforts: Students are collecting items for Branford’s Community Dining Room. Items needed include canned fruit, canned soup, canned broth, canned stew, canned tuna, canned beans.  All donations may [...]

2 11, 2015

This Holiday Season Give a Gift that Matters!

2019-08-31T10:58:03-04:00November 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Community Service, Events|

What do you buy the person who has everything?   How about a goat, some chickens or rabbits?   CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School students will host a Living Gift Market Thursday, 10 December 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at 28 School Street (2nd floor) in Branford. All are welcome to join this celebration where [...]

8 05, 2015

CANstruction Brings Students and Architects Together for the CT Food Bank

2019-09-01T11:35:30-04:00May 8th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Community Service|

CELC’s CANstruction project helps to generate 20,000 meals for families in Connecticut. Sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, CANstruction 2015 was a great success! Tuesday, 5 May 2015 six participating schools, along with teams of architects from around the state, created enormous CANstructures made out of about 15,000 total cans [...]

13 04, 2015

CANstruction for the CT Food Bank

2019-09-01T11:36:30-04:00April 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Community Service, This Week at CELC|

CELC’s CANstruction project gains momentum as students meet with architect Kyle Bradley of HH Purdy Architects. Decisions are made related to the types of cans that should be included as part of their colossal structure, which they will enter into the 2015 statewide CANstruction competition, sponsored by American Institute of Architects (AIA) in support of the [...]

25 03, 2015

Connecticut Experiential Learning Center Receives Award from Heifer International

2019-09-01T11:38:18-04:00March 25th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Community Service, This Week at CELC|

In looking toward the future and fulfilling its mission of ending hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth, Heifer International has charged itself with an ambitious goal: to end the hunger and poverty for four million families by 2020 by ensuring a living wage for all. In support of this goal the Connecticut Experiential [...]

13 02, 2015

Support CELC and the CT Food Bank with Smoothies!

2019-09-01T11:40:55-04:00February 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Community Service, Events|

Drink a smoothie and raise money for CANstruction. Tuesday, 21 April, Smoothie King (located at 845 West Main Street, Branford, CT) will generously donate 20% of profits to raise funds for CELC’s CANstruction Project for the Connecticut Food Bank. CELC hopes to purchase at least 5,000 cans to create our 6 x 6 x 10-foot entry [...]

16 12, 2014

Living Gift Market A Great Success!

2019-09-01T11:49:38-04:00December 16th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Community Service|

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School students raised over $4,500.00 for Heifer International at their Living Gift Market event Wednesday, 10 December. Purchasing these animals as holiday gifts “in honor of” friends and family empowers people throughout the world to change their lives and is a key to ending hunger and poverty. CELC students [...]

12 12, 2014

CELC Students Service Learning at the Abbey of Regina Laudis

2019-09-01T11:50:35-04:00December 12th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Community Service, Travel and Field Experiences|

Students work with Mother Ozanne to maintain a footpath at The Abbey of Regina Laudis and learn about invasive species of plants.  As part of our study of Heritage, Ethnicity, and Quest for Freedom in America, students also heard the fascinating story about foundress Mother Benedict who left France to start the Abbey in Bethlehem, Connecticut [...]

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