For more than 20 years, Cider Mill students and faculty have had the tradition of giving to Wilton families in need during the holiday season. Each year, the Cider Mill classrooms adopt a local family (anonymously) through Wilton Social Services and collect a variety of food and gift items for them for several weeks, putting them in decorated boxes and bags.

This year, 45 families received heaps of holiday goodies, gift cards, and gifts to ease their financial burden over the holidays.

It’s an ongoing project, one that starts earlier in the season when the students raise money and participate by running in the school-organized Turkey Trot. Those funds are used to purchase Grocery Gift Cards for each family.

The entire school community is involved. Cider Mill’s guidance department secretary Pauline Monteleone coordinates the program at the school; the custodial staff helps with the heavy lifting and transporting the collected items to Comstock where Wilton Social Services is located. Once everything is collected and delivered, the Parks and Recreation staff deliver the goods to families.

Photo, left to right:  Nate Newcomer (Cider Mill Student), Colleen Fawcett (Youth Services Coordinator), Liz Johnson (Cider Mill Student), Pauline MonteleonePhoto Credit:  Michael Hossler (Cider Mill Teacher)