Students Explore Service Opportunities
by Eshani Chakrabarti on Friday, September 19th, 2014
Like window-shopping for clothes, Milton’s community service shop-around is cost-free, but a perusing teenager leaves with something far more valuable than material goods. On September 11th, the Community Service Board held its annual community service shop-around in the Student Center. Students throughout the Upper School took time to investigate their options for community service this year. The options this year span from coaching sports at Special Olympics to English language tutoring for adults to playing bingo with senior citizens. Easels lined the Student Center, proudly displaying the different kinds of activities that are available this year.
Milton offers incredibly varied types of community service options throughout the year, but all these options have only one goal, as stated on the Milton academy website: “To engage participants in responsible action for the short and long term well-being of the community, on campus and beyond. Through service, the program encourages respectful connections with others, personal responsibility, and commitment.”
On average, about 250 students perform weekly service at over 30 different organizations in the Greater Boston area. Certainly among the sophomores, the most popular community service options appear to include playing with small kids, whether in daycare or elementary school, or working with animals.
Matt Langen (I) said “I did community service in the fall last year, and I truly think that it’s an experience everyone needs to have. I played football with kids for an hour each Tuesday. It doesn’t have to be much.”
Clare Lonergan (III) did not have a chance to partake in any community service last year but was a participant in the Walk for Hunger. She said, “Though I wished I could’ve gotten more involved last year, the few community service events such as Community Service Day or the walk were such valuable opportunities. After going to the shop-around this year, I signed up for a couple of services and am excited to increase my involvement with community service.”
Malcolm McCann (III) said this year’s shop-around was “much more organized, making it easier for students to sign up.” He added, “I think they are all fairly interesting and the large variety of choices that allows students to help in areas they are especially interested.”
Although students like Malcolm were impressed with the changes of the shop-around this year, students like George Wilde (III) still think more developments need to be made. He said, “I wished it was more open or longer because I didn’t feel I had the proper amount of time to peruse my options. I wish there could be some kind of app to browse the options and survey my choices.”
Being a Milton student comes with a myriad of academic and extracurricular opportunities, sometimes opportunities that others lack. The Community Service Board believes that students try to give back to not only the Milton community but the Greater Boston community as well.
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