Building Community Connections

Bill Fisher
Founded more than 20 years ago, Shore's Community Connections is a group of current parents and faculty members devoted to diversity, equity, and inclusion to support children as they become healthy, compassionate citizens of the world. 

New and prospective Shore families are invited to learn more about Community Connections at a Welcome Coffee February 13, 2018, at 8:15 a.m. in the Library. Please RSVP to the Community Connections Planning Team at

Community Connections aims to foster inclusion as well as to seek, support, and share diversity within the Shore community and with the world at large. The group's focus is on the diversity found in race, religion, culture and heritage, gender identity, ability and disability, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and family structure, fostering belonging throughout Shore.

Community Connections hosts events each year at Shore, including the annual celebration of the the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. In 2016, the group invited acclaimed performers Sumner and Linda McClain to present a special Shore staging of "Daddy King," an interactive storytelling experience that recounts the life of the Civil Rights leader. And in 2015, Community Connections sponsored a talk by racial justice educator Debby Irving, the author of Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race.

Recently, the group brought Lisa Fenn, the Beverly author of Carry On, to the Trustey Family Theatre to discuss the remarkable story of her adoption of two young wrestlers from Cleveland, Leroy Sutton and Dartanyon Crockett. The two shared a brother-like bond that helped them to overcome hardships that included physical handicaps and childhood poverty.

Other Community Connections events have included a talk with transgender writer Alex Myers, author of the historical novel, Revolutionary. Set in 1782 during the Revolutionary War, Revolutionary tells the true story of a young woman who disguised herself as a man to join the Continental Army and fight for both her country's and her own independence. Community Connections also brought the acclaimed traveling photo exhibit "In Our Family" to Shore's campus for three weeks, showcasing a wide variety of families in our world. 

According to Shore parent Lucy Hamilton, current Community Connections Chair, "The group is really about making sure everyone feels they belong at Shore. We do that by bringing the community together to share stories and ideas about what's most important to all of us: raising kind, thoughtful kids."

    • Students greeting Leroy Sutton, one of the young men in the book 'Carry On,' whose author, Lisa Fenn, spoke in November at a Community Connections-sponsored event.

    • The "In Our Family" traveling photo exhibit

    • Debby Irving, author of "Waking Up White"