Brimfield institution proclaims, ‘We’re not finished yet’
📸 Courtesy photo of a local scouting group that is among the many organizations that utilize Hitchcock Academy in Brimfield.
BRIMFIELD — Before the end of the year Hitchcock Academy, which serves all of the surrounding communities, hopes to reach its fundraising goal of $10,000. It is about $1500 short. Monies raised in this campaign work hard for the community. There are 75 different groups who call Hitchcock Academy home including a Union 61 pre-school program, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts. 4-H, the American Legion, Brownies, Brimfield Community Partnership, Alcoholics Anonymous, Boy Scouts and the Opacum Land Trust to name a few.
Donations allow Hitchcock to keep the costs of such classes as art, babysitting, CPR, watercolor, felting, cheese making, dog training, genealogy, cake decorating, yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Judo, fencing, and ravioli making at affordable levels. While these are important aspects of Hitchcock’s function as a community center they are just a part of the picture. Hitchcock Academy sponsors the Farmer’s Market, which runs from April through October, the Summer Fun program for ages 3 to 12, Concerts on the Common, Make Music Day, December Delights, and the Town Wide Tag Sale. When the area was hit with a tornado several years ago Hitchcock was the locale that served as the hub for donations. In the aftermath it became the venue for a support group to facilitate healing. Hitchcock Academy’s mission is, above all else, community service.
This year Hitchcock’s Friends Campaign was initiated on December 3 — Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday’s promotion featured the words and drawings of local community members who recognized Hitchcock’s positive contributions to the local climate. The Friends Campaign continues this focus with its Giving with Gratitude slogan, which asks donors to contribute to honor a skill, a friendship, the memory of an alumnus, a concert, anything leading to the formation of a good memory facilitated by an interaction involving Hitchcock Academy. People are encouraged to share those stories on Hitchcock’s Facebook page. Those stories are the reminders that the work of Hitchcock Academy is not finished. Hopefully, it never will be. Donors are asked to give at www.hitchcockacademy.org. Just click on the Events page to find Friends Campaign.