Enthusiastic seniors kicked off the biennial Community Service Day on May 1. The day gives all students and faculty a chance to help out in the surrounding communities and learn about related social, political and environmental issues. Students led service projects at numerous locations, both off campus and on.
Students sorted and assembled donated toys and school supplies at Cradles to Crayons in Brighton, for instance. They helped at residences and centers for seniors, washing cars and moving library books. At elementary schools in Milton and Dorchester, students and faculty rejuvenated an outdoor classroom, served as reading buddies, and assisted a school nurse. Nearby day care sites allowed for time with small children and for a chance to help with upkeep. Some groups sorted food donations at the Greater Boston Food Bank, or prepared lunch for homeless guests at Pine Street Inn and Father Bill’s Shelter. Others were outdoors, set to tasks for the Town of Milton at the parks, hospital and cemetery. Students pitched in on farm work at Brookwood Farm in the Blue Hills. Spanish speakers assisted at Mujeres Unidas en Accion.
On campus, students hosted a Field Day for children from a Boston public elementary school. They ran relay races, ball tosses, face painting, crafts creations, and an obstacle course.
Many years ago, the Student Governing Association proposed this day of service, which alternates with Seminar Day. Throughout the year, more than 200 Upper School students serve weekly at many of these same sites. Community Service Day is a change of pace and a chance to connect with each other and beyond.