The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford is offering Bat and Bar Mitzvah students in Greater Hartford a chance to change the world. Any young person who spends six hours working for Charter Oak will be inducted into the “Anne Frank Society.” As Anne Frank said, “how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Recipients receive a certificate and special candle that can be used during their simcha, as a reminder that there are people in need and that the Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a beacon in the community.
Students who want to become a member of the Anne Frank Society should contact Charter Oak at 860-310-2580 or YashiraS@charteroakcenter.org.
The Anne Frank Society is about giving young people a chance for hands-on social justice work like: being a practice buddy for a student in its youth orchestra, collecting gently used musical instruments in good working order, raising money to support Beat of the Street, Connecticut’s first street paper, read to children in Charter Oak’s monthly Read It & Sleep program, raise money to support the BOTS Pots gardening program that provides vegetables to those in need, or become a server at its monthly dinner for Charter Oak children and families. Charter Oak provides free art and music lessons to 1100 Hartford children each year. New programs include free Montessori classes for Hartford infants and parents, “Good Vibrations,” a program Charter Oak is presenting in partnership with the Hartford Police Department, that provides free guitars and guitar lessons and free rap poetry classes to at risk children.