Community is something you simply “feel” as you enter our doors. Whether forging relationships across grade levels through our Book Buddies program or celebrating the holidays with homespun, handmade gifts, we take community very seriously here – always with a sense of humor and lots of fun. To further encourage connections, our Caedmon Family Association (CFA), a welcoming group of enthusiastic parents and guardians, volunteer their time to support, inform, and celebrate our community though a multitude of events both in and out of school.
Building Community Service
Students and teachers have engaged in a wide array of community service projects, including:
New York Common Pantry
The entire Caedmon community shares with the immediate community by participating in food drives, which support the good works organized by New York Common Pantry. Each Thanksgiving, the school collects canned goods and various food items to be donated to New Yorkers in need.
Early Program children at Caedmon engage in efforts in conjunction with Heifer International, whose mission it is to provide sustainable, economic assistance to families around the world. Children collect change, create and sell note cards, and sponsor a holiday catalogue, all to provide African families with livestock as a renewable resource.
The Pajama Program collects and distributes new pajamas and books for children in need, many of whom are waiting and hoping to be adopted right here in New York City.
Fifth-grade students have worked through Kiva to help people around the world create better lives for themselves and their families. Kiva provides the opportunity to get loans for people who do not have access to traditional banking systems.
The Mariposa Foundation
The mission of the Mariposa Foundation is to educate and empower girls to create sustainable solutions to end generational poverty. Several Caedmon teachers have attended an inspiring summer program and are trained in creating culturally responsive classrooms, and guiding students to complete culturally focused service-learning projects.
Project Cicero is an annual non-profit book drive designed to create and supplement classroom libraries in under-resourced New York City public schools. Students enthusiastically donate gently-used books to this program each year.