VOTE FOR CARVER! Fairfield County Bank names Carver as a "Charity of the Month"

Fairfield County Bank is a longtime supporter of the Carver community prides itself on its unwavering dedication and support of local Fairfield County charities through corporate contributions and extended Employee volunteerism. Bank employees chose Carver to participate in the first month of their new Charity of the Month campaign. GO HERE TO VOTE FOR CARVER!

Hundreds of images of Carver Summer 2019 in our Facebook albums

Carver provides Freshman Summer Success Academies for graduated 8th-grade students transitioning into 9th grade at Norwalk and Brien McMahon High Schools. Carver provides a Summer Middle School Transition Program for 5th-grade students transitioning into Norwalk’s four middle schools. Carver provides two summer enrichment programs for children aged K-13 at the Carver Community Center and Columbus Magnet School.

Carver campers go bowling!

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What do 10 pins and a big heavy ball have to do with summer camp enrichment and learning? Quite a lot, actually. Believe it or not, bowling is a sport that touches on many aspects of school preparedness. Plus, it’s fun! We use bowling as a hands-on excuse to work on some learning skills.

Here are five skills and principles that bowling has the potential to introduce to Carver kids!

Self-confidence. Gotta love those bumpers. Our campers nurse a feeling of accomplishment every time she rolls that 6-pound ball down the lane. With bumpers on either side, she’ll avoid the ill-fated gutter ball. Instead she’ll get an instant boost of self-confidence as her ball knocks down, at the very least, one pin each time. She probably won’t realize that something is preventing her from the much-maligned gutter, but there will be plenty of opportunities later in life to learn about missing and defeat.

Patience. Some of our campers aren’t very strong yet. And there is no better way to observe this than by asking her to roll a ball 1/6 her weight down a seemingly endless alley. Bowling is not an instant gratification kind of game. It takes patience. Carver kids have to wait awhile for pin-crushing action: for the rack to sweep away felled pins, for pins to be reset, and for the ball to make its way to his anxious hands through the mysterious under-the-floor ball-retrieval system.

Turn-taking. Bowling teaches how to take turns and share the fun. Carver kids cheer for each other. Cheering helps pass the time and builds an unselfish sense of excitement at another’s success.

Hand-eye coordination and balance. Carver kids gain a sense of control and learn that they can direct the ball according to her release point. We show the campers what would happens if you tried to bowl at an angle, down the side or down the middle. A heavy ball can be awkward for a little person to hold, so this teaches her how to stay balanced, aim, and keep her eye on the target simultaneously.

Counting and simple math. The computer screen shows how many pins are left, so campers can cross-check the math.

What champions we have this summer!

Stepping Stones Museum for Children engages Carver campers in "Three Little Pigs"

Stepping Stones is an engaging destination — and they also bring their wonders to Carver kids at the Carver Community Center this summer. Today, Stepping Stones staff engaged young Carver campers in the age-old story “Three Little Pigs”!

Center for Nonprofit Excellence names Carver among its inaugural Hall of Fame honorees

This year, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

As part of this celebration, they are introducing the inaugural class of its Center for Nonprofit Excellence Hall of Fame. The Carver Foundation as one of the Hall of Fame honorees to be featured at their CNE Anniversary Celebration on November 13, 2019.

High school volunteer, Jaden Snow, teaches the secrets of solving the Rubik's Cube

Jaden Snow, who will be a ninth grader at Rye Neck High School this fall, can solve the Rubic’s Cube in a minute or so. Jaden is revealing his technique in a workshop for 7 to 9 year old boys at the Carver Community Center this summer. The workshop occurs for one hour per day for two weeks. Jayden raised the funds to provide each participating camper with his own Rubik’s Cube to keep (and to take home to practice with during the summer’s workshop). Jayden also provides support to Carver summer camp counselors and their supervisors during the day.