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09-02_community_1On Sunday, February 8, the community service program at Milton Academy sponsored a Special Olympics basketball tournament—hosting 170 athletes from 14 teams. These teams, including our own Milton-Quincy Mustangs, competed in the ACC in preparation for the Special Olympics state games.

“The event was a success thanks to the help of volunteers from Upper School and K–8 students and their families who coached teams, helped referee, kept time and score, served lunch, and cheered on the athletes,” said community service director, Andrea Geyling.

This week’s basketball tournament is just one of several events organized throughout the year by the community service program and Milton’s student volunteers.  According to the community service Web page, “On average, about 200 students perform weekly service at over 30 different organizations in the Greater Boston area. Another 200 students participate in multi-annual events such as the Greater Boston Foodbank, Special Olympics tournaments, the Blood Drive and holiday giving events. The entire Milton community participates in the annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet and the bi-annual Community Service Day. Each year, the program also supports individual and group initiatives for particular causes, such as overseas orphanages, tsunami and hurricane relief.”

For this year’s annual community service spring break trip, faculty and students will travel to a Hopi reservation in Arizona to assist with repairs of the reservation’s school buildings.  A faculty talent show and raffle hosted by the community service program in January raised funds needed for materials, and 19 volunteers will use that money and their time to help fix the schools.