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WILTON, Conn. ? Helping others is a Thanksgiving tradition at the Children’s Day School of Wilton.

The pre-school children learn about the holiday and also put together Thanksgiving meals to donate to families in need.

For over 15 years, the Day School has participated in the Thanksgiving dinner program coordinated by the Wilton Department of Social Services.   

Large boxes line the main hallway inside the school. Each box is uniquely decorated by a class. The children fill them with all of the essentials of the holiday meal, including a turkey, side dishes, dessert and a centerpiece. The administrative staff also contributes a box to the effort. 

All together, 12 boxes will be brought to the Department of Social Services, located in the Comstock Community Center. Some of the students help their parents with the delivery. “It is an opportunity for the children to see how the town comes together to help others,” says Children’s Day School Director Pam Ely.

The Day School’s Thanksgiving meal project is organized by parent board members Kristin Partenza and Penny Schwartz, who serve as the school’s special events coordinators. “Families donate generously,” says Partenza. Last year, seven extra turkeys were brought in by parents and delivered to Comstock. The need is even greater in the community now, and she expects an increase in the food donations this time around.  

The Children’s Day School offers programs for preschoolers ages 2 through 5. For more information about the school, see

If your organization makes holiday contributions, you can send your information and pictures to Aileen at for inclusion in The Daily Wilton.





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