New Canaan-based LiveGirl hosted a “Be Yourself” girl empowerment leadership summit at the New Canaan Library Sept. 29 that brought together 85 middle school girls from across Fairfield County.

The keynote speaker was Patricia Russo, executive director at the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, who handed out LiveGirl signature green boas.

LiveGirl is a nonprofit organization that provides year-round leadership development and mentoring for middle school girls in Fairfield County.

East School is hosting its annual Fall Fair Spooktacular, sponsored by the East School PTC, on Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m at 54 Little Brook Road.

This is the elementary school’s largest fundraising effort. Funds raised will allow East School to pursue updates to its cafetorium area including the sound system and lunch tables, as well as new recess equipment.

There will be activities for all ages including carnival-style games, inflatables, a Hospital of Horrors and a fun house. Other favorites include face painting, mini golf, arts and crafts and the cake walk.

A silent auction will feature donations by East School teachers, parents and the New Canaan community.

For hungry attendees, there will be lunch offerings and bake sale.

Admission is open to all and held rain or shine. Tickets will be available at the door.

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Teachers at South School are benefiting this year from a new teachers’ lounge.

Over the summer, the school’s PTC enlisted Peter Deane from DEANE, Inc. to completely renovate the outdated staff dining room.

Deane, a former South School parent, was a South School student himself. The third-generation owner of a custom cabinetry and kitchen design firm, Deane donated the services of his company, DEANE, Inc., to re-envision the space.

The result was a modern kitchen with stylish new cabinets and countertop along with three microwaves and a new refrigerator.

In addition to the gift from DEANE, Inc., the South School PTC donated $4,000 to help fund the new space with money raised from their annual Giving Tree fundraiser.

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, which serves children in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, is seeking additional volunteers for its Youth, Empowerment, & Support Mentoring Program.

The YES Mentoring Program supports children, ages 6 to 18, who are involved in System of Care in Stamford and Norwalk. CGC’s System of Care program helps families access integrated services to meet complex needs and safely maintain children at home.

Through YES, youth will have the opportunity to interact and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities with a positive role model. While the mentor is spending quality time with the child/teen, parents will have some time to themselves.

Each YES session lasts 12 weeks, and youth will meet with their mentor for three hours a week. Every mentor will complete thorough interview, orientation, and background checks. The mentor and family will work together to develop a convenient schedule of enjoyable activities for the child.

To learn more about the YES Mentoring Program or to volunteer, contact Sheila Figueroa at or 203-517-3346.