Students help Wilton and Puerto Rico

Last month, Cider Mill students helped support people in the Wilton community, as well as those more than 1,000 miles away.

Food drive

At a local level, third, fourth and fifth grade classrooms in Cider Mill’s Nod Hill House spent a week-and-a-half collecting donations for the Wilton Interfaith Food Pantry at Comstock Community Center.

On Thursday, Oct. 19, fifth graders collected all the donations and filled up a truck from the Parks and Recreation Department to be delivered to the food pantry.

Additional drives are planned for Cider Mill’s other houses for March, April and May.

Hats for hurricane relief

On Friday, Oct. 20, Cider Mill took a temporary break from their dress code and welcomed hats into school for the day under one circumstance — students and staff had to donate $1 to hurricane relief efforts in order to wear one during the school day.

Throughout the school, students sported their favorite baseball hats, fedoras, sombreros, berets, cowboy hats and a few other oddities.

The school raised almost $1,400 from the hat event, which will be donated to Save the Children to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastating hurricane that hit there in September.