Community Service Day
by Gabriella Blake on Friday, April 26th, 2013
On May 1st, all of Milton Academy will be participating in community service at various sites around the Boston area. Community Service Day is a great opportunity for Milton students to take a step back from the typical Milton schedule and support the surrounding community. The day happens biannually, switching off with Seminar Day. All members of the Upper and Middle Schools participate in different service activities, organized by the Community Service Board. The board works hard to place advisory groups at a number of different locations in order to introduce students to a variety of service options.
Students and faculty alike agree that Community Service Day provides Milton students with the rewarding experience of helping their neighbors. Josh Ellis (I), Community Service Co-Head, says, “In a school that is characterized by academic excellence, community service day helps kids realize that school work isn’t everything. By replacing the academic day with participating in service across the Boston area, Milton stresses the importance of giving back to our neighbors, thus allowing us to appreciate all that Milton has to offer.” Although academics are the focus of the Milton lifestyle, Community Service Day is a chance for students to forego their usual classes and reground themselves with the outside community. Claire Hernon (II), a Community Service Board member, says that the day “is a great opportunity to step back from our everyday routine and try something new, meet new people, and help serve nearby communities.”
Community service not only allows Milton students to get away from their academics, but also rewards students by helping them benefit Milton Academy’s surrounding communities. Jesika Islam (II), another member of the Community Service Board, describes “the biggest reward from the day has to be seeing the smiles on the faces of those we help because there aren’t many times during the year where the entire Milton Academy community comes together to help others,” noting the importance of the group effort that the whole high school contributes throughout the day. Claire Hernon agrees with the importance of helping our neighbors: “It is really cool to think that as a Milton community we are making an impact together at tons of different sites, in tons of different ways.”
Students are assigned to many different sites located all throughout the Boston area in groups based on their advisories. Some activities include teaching at local elementary schools, working with kids from the Taylor School, and singing to members of an elderly home. Morgan O’Connell (II), said that, during her freshman year service day, “I enjoyed picking up trash because I could tell by the sheer number of filled trash bags that we had done something substantial and successfully impacted our community.”
Community Service Day provides students both with the chance to get to know each other better and gratify the desire to be part of something greater than the Milton community. Juniors and seniors who attended Community Service Day two years ago agree that they built friendships with people they didn’t get to see as often during a routine school week, as students bonded over the experience of helping their community.
As teachers continue to demand work, students look forward to May 1st and to the opportunity to take a step out of their daily routine and support their neighbors in a multitude of exciting ways.
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