A Day of Caring for the Milner Middle School Community

A Day of Caring for the Milner Middle School Community

The Hartford Knights is a non-profit organization, founded in 2000 by Executive Director, Bernard Thomas.  It began as a basketball-centric association and grew into a mentoring service organization for at-risk youth.  They have spent the last several months organizing A Day of Caring, an event that took place on June 11th (the last day of the 2019-2020 school year) in which community members  from Milner Middle, SAND and Wish schools were invited to Milner Middle School for a safe, drive-through give-away of books, food, learning games, personal-protective-equipment, and more.

Principal Leanardo Watson was happily surprised to see that over 90% of his staff volunteered to work this non-mandatory event and that

Milner Middle teachers used noisemakers. pom-poms, and signs to joyfully attract families to the event.

families kept on rolling in for supplies that would help them make it through the summer.

The organizations that volunteered and provided goods included FoodShare, Hartford Public Library and the Hartford Yardgoats. Dignitaries who showed up to lend a hand included Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, and the 62nd Mayor of Hartford, eponymous Thirman L. Milner.


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Hartford Knights Executive Director Bernard Thomas explains the inception of the event. Milner Middle School Principal Leanardo Watson and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin talk about why A Day of Caring is important.