School Life

Hungry Lunch Day


November 25

The Service Committee at The Williams School hosted Hungry Lunch Day on November 25th, 2014 for the students and faculty. Hungry Lunch Day is an annual tradition at our school. Each year prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, we observe a day of hunger as a reminder to all those who experience hunger on a daily basis. We give up snack for the day and rather than our usual lunch, we eat only a small cup of beans and rice and drink only water. The entire school community participates and the proceeds from Hungry Lunch are donated to local community meal centers

Can Creations

Following a successful canned food drive, students compete in Can Creations. 

Each grade constructed a sculpture with canned food during class meetings. The Can Creations were judged on:

  • Most canned food brought in 
  • Most class participation
  • Most creative design

11th grade was the Winning class! 

Pizza Party Friday 10/25 Upper Lunch

liam and 11th grade giraffe, baby giraffe & tree
Liam and 11th grade giraffe, baby giraffe & tree
7th grade flag creation
7th grade flag creation







Service Committee

Michelle, Sarah, Katie, Cooper & Mercedes

The Service Committee is a student organization that focuses on community service and the environment. Whether volunteering, performing at a Coffeehouse, serving at Hungry Lunch, organizing a Food Drive or helping plan Earth Day, there are events and projects for students to get involved in all year long. 

Check out our Winter 2015 Service Committee newsletter




Coffee House

Each year the Service Committee hosts a benefit Coffee House event, featuring several student and faculty performers. Proceeds from the event usually go to a local charity like the New London Homeless Hospitality Center. 


For the week leading up to the Coffee House, students and faculty voted on a favorite cause. At the end of the evening, votes were calculated and High Hopes in Old Lyme was chosen. The proceeds from the Coffee House will benefit High Hopes.





Students present donation to Sister Cities Essex Haiti


Mr. Fader, Brien Bradley, Christine Gelotte, Sonia Klein, Marion Philippe, Carly Gibson & Terry Smith
Mr. Fader, Brien B., Christine G., Sonia K., Marion P. & Carly G. with Mrs. Smith of SCEH

On Friday October 4th, The Service Committee hosted a Coffee House to benefit Sister Cities Essex Haiti (SCEH). Following an assembly on SCEH and Haiti, students were inspired to help with the library project for Deschapelles, Haiti. The Coffee House crowd was intimate, but the performances were fantastic. Brien Bradley '14 worked incredibly hard to organize the musical acts and set up all the music equipment. Highlights of the evening include: Noah Shafner's ('19) incredible piano performance, Claudia Mergy's ('18) acoustic guitar piece and Cooper Felte's ('14) and Alex St Louis's ('14) duet. In the spirit of the season, students painted pumpkins. Overall, the evening raised awareness and funds for a great cause, and showcased amazing student talent. 










Holiday Angels


Advisor Groups each sponsored a member of the broader community for the Holidays. As a community, we purchased gifts for 21 people in New London County. On Monday, December 8th, Service Committee hosted a Gift Wrapping Party all day in the Williams Room. The gifts were placed in large bags and delivered to the Child and Family Agency in New London.




Teen Mentors

This group of volunteers works in the community throughout the academic year. Teen Mentors are collaborating with Drop In Learning Center middle school students on an Empty Bowls Project. They are also running the Jason program for 3rd grade students at Drop In Learning Center.  

Jason Project  

Service Committee members have been working with 3rd grade students from Drop In Learning Center on Monday afternoons. They work together on hands-on science projects designed by the Jason Program. Last December, they hosted an Amphora Workshop, where students learned about the clay vessels, then created their own Amphoras in terracotta clay.


Carrie and Bea teach 3rd graders
Carrie and Bea teach 3rd graders