All last month at New Canaan Country School, colorful sticky notes covered the walls of the Lower School bearing short messages about moments of kindness witnessed in December. Students, teachers, staff and parents added to the collection daily.

Head of Lower School Meaghan Mallin, of New Canaan, introduced the Catching Kindness project at the Lower School Assembly on Dec. 5, sharing a few of her own observations of small acts of kindness and inviting several teachers to share moments they had “caught” as well. One teacher shared that she noticed a student helping another clean up math materials. Another spoke about how she felt when a student gave her a hug at the end of the day.

On the first day of this project, nearly 100 acts of kindness were posted on the walls.

On the dean’s list

Lasell College in Newton, Mass. recently named Bridget Dougherty, of New Canaan, to the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

Dougherty, whose major is event management, is a member of the class of 2018.

To achieve the dean’s list, each student must be full time, carrying 12 or more graded credits for the semester with a grade-point average of 3.5 or above.

An ongoing holiday tradition

Continuing its inspiring long-standing holiday tradition, Pennyweights of New Canaan generously donated 130 gifts of jewelry to Waveny LifeCare Network for all the ladies at Waveny Care Center, The Village and Waveny’s Adult Day Program.

Always hand-selected with care, Pennyweights’ holiday presents have brought great joy and cheer to Waveny’s residents, patients and participants for 15 consecutive years.

High school honor

Luke LaShelle, of New Canaan, was named to the honor’s list at Pomfret School, an independent college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9 through 12. To achieve this level of distinction, LaShelle, a member of the class of 2019, earned a grade-point average of at least 3.330 and received no grade lower than a B minus.

Hold off on donations to P2P

Person-to-Person is in the process of conducting a comprehensive inventory in the Darien Clothing Center. During that time — due to the generosity of so many in the community — the center will be unable to accept any new donations of clothing, household items, toys, etc.

P2P, a nonprofit that provides low-income individuals and families living in lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services, will begin accepting donations again starting Jan. 23.

With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton. More information may be found at

Opioid prevention slogan contest

A heroin epidemic is sweeping the country, and Connecticut is no exception, with two people dying from an opioid overdose each day. The Darien Health Department is asking for local students’ help to get the word out about opioid abuse by participating in the Opioid Prevention Committee’s slogan contest.

The contest is open to middle and high school students from Darien, New Canaan, Stamford and Greenwich. Students are encouraged to submit a 30-character slogan that is attention-grabbing and warns readers about the dangers of drug use.

Contest entries must be submitted to by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 8. The winner of the contest will get $250 in prizes. Two honorable mention winners will get $100 in prizes. All participants will be acknowledged on the contest website.

The winning slogan will be announced and a public award granted as a component of the Health Needs Assessment presentation by the Darien Health Department on Jan. 19. The award will constitute the official launch of the campaign and the slogan will be the official “tagline” in the upcoming campaign and marketing materials to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.