Walker's and the Community

Committed to the Community

At The Ethel Walker School, members of its community support organizations and activities that advance girls and women and the issues they care about. Central to our school's mission is the preparation of our students to make a difference in the world. Our school community actively engages in supporting many community-based organizations including the CT Women's Hall of Fame, the YWCA of the Hartford Region, the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, and the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. Walkers is also home to Horizons at The Ethel Walker School, the nation's first all-girls summer enrichment program serving elementary school girls from Hartford.


Caring for the Community

Walkers proudly supports the Community Farm of Simsbury, Gifts of Love, Church Street Eats, Special Olympics and Second Chance Ranch. We also sponsor Simsbury’s Talcott Mountain Music Festival and Septemberfest. In 2014, we finalized the sale of The Ethel Walker Woods to the Town of Simsbury, ensuring that these magnificent 425 acres will be preserved and enjoyed in perpetuity by local residents.

Conversations with the Community

Walkers has hosted a number of community forums and conversations open to the public, including Title IX about women in sports; the Food for Thought, food symposium; the Digital Lives of Teens and ‘Tweens, performances of Eve Ensler’s “I Am and Emotional Creature: The Secret Lives of Girls Around the World” and a showing of Miss Representation.

The Bell Library Art Gallery on the Walker’s campus features the work of visiting and student artists and is open to the public throughout the year.

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