Community Engagement Programs and Partnerships (CEPP) is focused on projects aimed at helping others, involving students, staff, and faculty. Although in-person service activities aren’t happening right now, CEPP organizers have found ways to make sure the Milton community can give back. During Hunger Awareness Week in November, for example, student CEPP board members hosted an all-school Zoom session to educate students about food insecurity.
In December, CEPP is managing a gift drive to fulfill the wishes of 50 families supported by the Department of Children and Families, as well as area homeless families through Milton’s partners in the Boston Public Schools. Many student advisory groups together are also purchasing gifts for those in need. In addition, CEPP is collecting money for food baskets, with a goal of raising $1,500 by December 10. The food baskets will provide a turkey dinner for 30 families.
All Milton community members (students, faculty, staff, families) are welcome to donate. Students can contribute via their IA ($10 minimum) on this form. Cash or a check (made out to Milton Academy with a note: CEPP food drive) can be sent to the Community Engagement Office. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
House heads and faculty are engaging their dorm communities in both synchronous and asynchronous ways as boarding students learn remotely during this phase of hybrid learning. In Robbins House, dorm faculty hold weekly drop-in sessions at various times to accommodate time zones. They are also hosting events such as Zoom Jeopardy! games or Netflix watch parties.
In September, each new student was paired with a returning student in their grade or the grade above. The pairs then met others over Zoom to increase their network of support in the dorm community.
“It has gone so well in Robbins that almost all of the mentors and mentees have made it a weekly occurrence to have a get-together and hang out virtually over the weekend,” said house head Nicole Hall.
The housemates use Google Earth to pin their locations, share photos, and post messages to each other. They also made a VidHug video introducing themselves and naming their favorite quarantine hobby. In October, Robbins hosted a Halloween costume contest and students submitted pictures of themselves in costumes, some featuring group costumes. On Halloween, housemates Zoomed together to hear which costumes had won.
Student dorm outreach continues with student writing tutors, boarding council members, and Individual Student Support (ISS) members. “It’s so important that our boarding students feel loved and missed,” said Hall. “I just love that they are living all around the world and yet they find ways to coordinate and create things together.”