Community Postings: Debate helpers, read alouds and more

Almost 400 students worked as volunteers in areas ranging from media and production to credentialing and ticket distribution during the first presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. on Sept. 26.

Fairfield natives Sarah Delmoor and Max Kutsch served as volunteers.

Along with a month-long series of panels discussions, lectures and performances on important election issues, the volunteer opportunity provided a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience that inspired students to engage in the democratic process and embrace their responsibility as citizens and voters.

Hofstra University is the only institution in the nation to host three consecutive presidential debates, and its 2016 debate was the most widely watched in American history.

Fairfielders read aloud

Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across Bridgeport schools on Oct. 20 to read to students in grades pre-kindergarten through six.

Nearly two dozen service-minded Fairfield Rotarians participated in the 31st annual Read Aloud Day at Columbus School.

World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens and adults to celebrate the power of words. With the help of the Fairfield Rotary Club, as well as several other civic-minded groups in the area and around the world, the campaign aims to mobilize children and adults to effect change by creating a new generation of leaders, storytellers and academic achievers. The idea is to inspire students to continue reading on their own.

At Roosevelt School, the reader was also the author of the book. Fairfield author Susan Hood read her book, “Ada’s Violin,” to fifth-graders. The story takes place in a small town in Paraguay that sits on a land fill. A local music teacher found a way to make instruments out of trash, creating a Recycled Orchestra.

In addition to Hood and The Rotary Club of Fairfield, other readers include University of Bridgeport faculty members, as well as staff from Bigelow Tea, United Illuminating, Pitney Bowes, Sikorsky, Aquarian and others. A number of clubs and civic groups were also involved, including Westport Sunrise Rotary and athletes at Fairfield University.

Boy Scout

badge bonanza

The Connecticut Audubon Society’s teacher-naturalists on Nov. 5 will lead Scouts on exploratory hikes through Fairfield’s Larsen Sanctuary to satisfy requirements for nature-themed badges.

The program is offered at The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St. Programs run between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and start times vary by badge.

Badges offered are:

Bird Study;

Into the Woods;

Into the Wild;

Fur, Feathers and Ferns;

Paws on the Path;

Tiger in the Wild.

The program fee is $10 per badge, per scout. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Jane Guenther, program coordinator at 203-259-6305, ext. 109, or visit www.ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield to download the registration form.

Book drive

for Bridgeport

The National English Honors Society at Fairfield Ludlowe High School is holding the First Annual BOOK BOX DRIVE in support of pediatric trauma victims at Bridgeport Hospital.

Caroline Wolstenholme initiated the drive after personally experiencing pediatric trauma followed by a lengthy wait in the emergency department while awaiting treatment from a specific surgeon who was en route. In an effort to alleviate mounting fear and anxiety for children facing the same, the senior hopes to provide each and every pediatric trauma patient at Bridgeport Hospital with a story book distraction that they can later bring home.

The drive ends Nov. 12. The community is encouraged to donate new or gently used books for children in need.

Drop box locations include:

The Fairfield YMCA, 841 Old Post Road;

The Fairfield Recreation Center, 75 Mill Plain Road.

The NEHS would like to thank their supporters: Spic and Span Market, Trinity Church Preschool and the Southport Congregational Church and greatly appreciates all donations and support.