New Canaan Country School students spent Saturday, April 1 helping out in the community.

Some Country School volunteers visited residents of Waveny Lifecare Network’s The Inn and the students and seniors teamed up to plant seedlings for a garden.

Other volunteers worked side-by-side creating flash cards and clocks, teaching tools to be used by the nonprofit organization Building One Community in their English language instruction program offered to immigrants and others assimilating into the Stamford area.

This project, held on the school’s New Canaan campus, was part of the third annual Kyle A. Markes Day of Service, which drew over a total of 400 Country School students, their families and teachers in a wide range of activities to benefit 14 non-profit organizations located throughout Fairfield county. The day itself was in honor of a former sixth-grade student and Stamford resident who passed away in 2013, but whose commitment to community service became an inspiration for all at the pre-K through grade 9 school.

The day culminated with a basketball tournament on a court dedicated in Markes’ honor. Twenty 4-person teams comprised of Middle and Upper School students, including many of Markes’ classmates, competed in a spirited tournament. Proceeds from the games will benefit Horizons at New Canaan Country School.

The event was organized by the school’s Parents’ Association, along with the community development office.

The honor list

New Canaan natives Caroline Brickley and Katherine Brickley achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher at Binghamton University, State University of New York, qualifying them for the fall dean’s list.

New Canaan’s Andrew J. Chalon has been named to the president’s list at Clemson University in South Carolina for the fall semester. Chalon, who is majoring in general engineering, earned a 4.0 grade-point average (all As).

Fellow New Canaanite Bridget K. Callahan, who is majoring in psychology, was named to Clemson’s dean’s list. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must achieve a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

Six New Canaan High School graduates received a term grade-point average of 3.6 or higher while completing at least three course credits during the fall semester at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.

Julie Spindel, a member of the Colgate class of 2017, Carter Hunt and John McMahon, members of the class of 2019, and Andrew Jahns, Taylor Corbett and Caroline Gordon, from the class of 2020, earned the dean’s award with distinction.

Two New Canaan natives have been named to Emerson College’s dean’s list for the fall semester. The requirement to make the dean’s list is a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher.

Jacob Freedgood is a theater and performance major and Samuel Reynolds is a media arts production major.

From New Canaan, Daniel Crowley, Kathleen DeMarino, Emma Novick and Andrew White were named to the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn. Each student achieved at least a 3.6 semester grade-point average.

Three New Canaan natives made the fall dean’s list at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. To qualify for the dean’s list at Loyola, a student must achieve a minimum quality-point average of at least 3.5 for the term, provided that, in the term they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits.

John Schlegel and Catherine Welsh are members of the class of 2018, while Peter Swindell is a member of the class of 2020.

Tyler Ferraro, of New Canaan, was named to the fall dean’s list at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. Each semester, Merrimack College undergraduate students earn the right to be named to the dean’s list by earning a minimum 3.25 grade-point average.

Ellen Jennings, of New Canaan, has been named to the University of Dallas dean’s list for the fall semester for earning a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. Jennings is majoring in psychology.

Three New Canaan natives have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Dan Finn is enrolled in the university’s School of Engineering & Applied Science. To qualify for the dean’s list in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, students must earn a semester grade-point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 12 graded units.

Daniel Kushner and are Charlie Lenihan are enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences. To qualify for the dean’s list in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade-point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

Waveny seniors visit Silvermine

Residents from Waveny Care Center and The Village, along with participants from Waveny’s Adult Day Program, enjoyed two outings to the Silvermine Art Center to view the organization’s inaugural “Legacy of Silvermine.” The exhibit honors the artwork of the Silvermine Guild’s artists, painters, sculptors, designers and printmakers over the age of 65, who have devoted decades of service to the guild — many for well over 35 years.

On March 21 and 28, the Waveny seniors enjoyed private docent tours by Gallery Director Jeff Mueller and Mindy Green, a exhibition co-chair, board member and guild artist.

The work of Jens Risom, a furniture designer and former resident at The Inn, Waveny’s independent living community, was specially featured in the Legacy show.

Bankwell launches pet adoption project

As part of an ongoing effort to provide ongoing value to the community, Bankwell launched the Bankwell Pet Adoption Project on March 1 to create awareness about the many dogs and cats in need of homes at animal shelters throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties.

All Bankwell branches will feature photographs and information about available dogs and cats, which will also be previewed on the bank’s website during March and April. The branches will also serve as collection points for a “wish list” to benefit the Connecticut Humane Society, and a list of those items will also appear on the bank’s website.

Portraits of the featured animals were taken by local photographer Michael Bagley.

The project was the brainchild of Lynne Gomez, Bankwell’s executive assistant to the CEO, who worked with Wilton Branch Manager Ann Mitrione and Marketing Assistant Lucy French to get the program off the ground.