A record number of students—nearly 300—have signed up to serve through the school’s Community Engagement Programs and Partnerships (CEPP), following a participation fair earlier in the semester, CEPP Director Andrea Geyling-Moore said.
The influx of volunteers will have students working at sites all over the Greater Boston area, where they will help train Special Olympics athletes, visit with local senior citizens, spend time with children living in a homeless shelter, provide classroom assistance in public schools, work at food banks, and more.
“It’s been starting up in stages to accommodate schedules and the number of students who have signed up,” said Geyling-Moore. “We have already started up the Special Olympics on campus, and visits to some of our regular sites. We had a group go to CelebrateMilton! (a town of Milton festival) to volunteer with face-painting for kids. And we’re planning our March break service trip to Puerto Rico.”
An information session about the Spring Break trips in March, including CEPP’s Puerto Rico trip, will be held during Family Weekend on Saturday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Straus Library.
On October 12, students in Classes III and IV fanned out across Greater Boston to participate in the school’s Community Engagement Day, which included several service projects in the town of Milton and in Boston. Students worked on outdoor cleanup projects in the Blue Hills as well as Milton parks and with the Department of Public Works. Community Engagement Day also brought students to urban farms, the Boston Public Schools, local food banks, and to area senior residences.
Any local parents or guardians who would like to support CEPP by volunteering their time can contact email@example.com.