St. Mark's Nursery School students took part in one of their many community service projects by donating to the New Canaan Food Pantry.

Each year during the holiday season, the nursery school partners with the food pantry, a branch of New Canaan's Department of Health & Human Services. The pantry serves needy families in New Canaan, of which there are a surprisingly large number, who meet the department's requirements.

"Children are never too young to experience the joys of giving," SMNS Director Sally Farrell said, "and the holiday season is a perfect opportunity to unite the themes of friendship, community and service. We are grateful to New Canaan Food Pantry, not only for the important work they do in our community, but for providing our students a hands-on opportunity to reach out to those in need." As part of the food donation process, the children also help grow fruit and vegetables in the "Gospel Garden," which is maintained by St. Mark's Church and directly supports the food pantry.

The nursery school provides a fun, developmentally appropriate preschool experience that nurtures and celebrates the whole child. Each child's individuality is taken into consideration with the goal of responding to and enhancing his or her potential. The curriculum is designed to help children form friendships, develop self-confidence and discover the joys of learning.

The SMNS is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. For information, all 203-972-7888 or visit

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For information about the New Canaan Food Pantry, which is located at St. Mark's Church, call 203-594-3076 or visit