Spring 2024 Updates from Hall | April Newsletter

by | Apr 22, 2024 | News | 0 comments

Spring is officially here, and we’re already looking around the corner to summer! As the weather gets nicer, neighbors of all ages love spending time outside at Hall Neighborhood House. Our seniors play bingo in the sunshine, teenagers work on creative outdoor STEM projects, and our young children run and play all over the grounds.

We’re proud to be a safe place in the community where everyone can get outside.As our programs continue to grow and we get closer to starting our building expansion project, we need to expand our outdoor play area so that we can have more classes outside at one time. We want every child to have the opportunity to play outside every day. To make this possible, we need to expand our playground, and we need your help to do it.

Help Our Kids Play

Play is so important for all children, especially our youngest as they grow and develop! Through play, they learn teamwork, gain the confidence to tackle new obstacles, build motor skills, and encourage healthy brain development.

For some of our children, Hall is the only safe place they have to play outside, but the structure for the big kids isn’t safe for our three-year-olds. We need to raise $74,000 to build a safe, fun, and exciting play structure designed for our toddlers.

Will you help us reach our goal and give our young neighbors a place to play? You can ensure they have the space they need to grow and learn!

Help us build our playground by making a gift today ➡

New Renderings of Our Expansion

We have big plans for the future! Check out these renderings of our planned expansion—featuring our new and improved youth wing, an outdoor deck for our seniors, and a dedicated entrance to the Health Clinic.

Better Me for Seniors

Through our holistic senior program at Hall Neighborhood House, we work to meet as many of the needs of the seniors in our program as possible.

In addition to meals, exercise programs, opportunities for connection and fun, and health and dental care, we also provide mental and behavioral health support to our neighbors at our Senior Center through the Better Me program.

The program started in 2023 and includes sessions on a variety of topics relevant to seniors.

Learn more about the program ➡

Dental Screening

We were all smiles after our most recent dental screening!

All children in our programs got examinations, thanks to our amazing volunteer dentists. They learned about the importance of brushing and how dental hygiene is part of an overall healthy life.

As of today, our partners at the Fones School of Dental Hygiene have seen 299 patients at our dental clinic!

Experiencing the Eclipse

Our STEM team celebrated the eclipse in a BIG way—with help from some amazing partners! Students from the University of Bridgeport visited Hall to teach our youth about how the eclipse happens and how to safely view it.

Then, we took our telescopes to Burlington, VT and Junction, TX to photograph this incredible phenomenon.

My Tiny Temper

Author Chris Fequiere and his son Oliver came to Hall to read “My Tiny Temper,” one of his many books designed to teach young children about their emotions. Thank you for reading to our preschoolers and for giving them each a copy of the book!

We are grateful to our friends at Fairfield University for helping make this special event happen!

Easter Celebrations

We celebrated Easter with egg hunts, fun art activities, parties, and even a special visit from the Easter Bunny!

Thank you for reading our updates this month. We are thankful for you!