Carver's Accomplished Volunteer, Staples High School Student Julia Berg

Julia Berg is an accomplished Staples High School student and a vital Carver volunteer. Julia came to Carver in July 2022, stayed, and remains an integral year-round member of the Carver community. We were so impressed we gave Julia her own Carver blog!

Julia Berg brings openness, empathy, and a remarkable quality of attention to her volunteer work. Julia’s blog posts offer images of vitality, hopefulness, endurance, kindness, and vulnerability. A celebration of aliveness emerges, a vibrant testament to the observation that attention is the purest form of generosity. Blog post after painted blog post, Julia’s generous presence unfolds. Attention without feeling is only a report. Julia’s stories help us feel life at the Carver course through us. Julia’s attention helps us all appreciate the most profound rewards of the Carver community.

Julia is more than a writer. As she photographs and describes her encounters with her signature elegance of unpeeling the mundane to reveal the momentous, she is invited into our young students' magical worlds. Staff and students trust Julia’s sincere commitment to be present for and with them.

Whether simply observing our students learning and playing, assisting with robotics and all the other STEAM activities our students enjoy at the Carver Community Center, or any number of other tasks and responsibilities that arise and need her support, Julia is a vital member of the Carver community and embodies all that our mission calls forth.

Carver today serves more than 2,500 students in 50+ before-school, after-school, and summer programs in all K-12 public schools in Norwalk, Side by Side Charter School, the Classical Studies Magnet Academy in Bridgeport, and the Carver Community Center. Carver programming aligns with in-school curricula, occurs within the student's respective schools, and is led by each school’s daytime certified teachers. Recreational, wellness, and cultural components enhance a variety of skills for children. Our primary goal is for all Carver students to transition to the next grade on time and prepared.


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