A new initiative created by members of the Sixth Form took place on Tuesday, May 17. The Sixth Form Day of Service involved community service tasks on campus as well as collaborative projects with outside organizations such as Clean Ocean Access, Green Animals Topiary Gardens, East Bay Food Pantry and Thrift Shop, the Martin Luther King Community Center of Newport and Catholic Social Services of Fall River.
Sixth-Form students were able to sign up for the project of their choice on a first-come, first-served basis with 100 % percent participation from the class. Faculty members volunteered to lead the student groups. Duties ranged from: waterfront trash pick-up and documentation; outdoor planting, landscaping prep work and stone wall rehabilitation; sorting on-campus donations and transporting them to the food pantry; bagging up donated desserts for a community center’s lunch program; housekeeping tasks such as cleaning trays, carts, and bins; and playground clean-up at the community center in Newport.
We all had a great experience helping others and giving back on our day of service. Within boarding school life, it's hard to get out and give back to our community and so this day was very impactful to all of us. Specifically, my group traveled to the MLK Community Center and everyone was so excited to help out, it was great to see not only the smiles on our faces but the smiles on the people that we helped. Giving back not only helps those in need but it makes us realize how fortunate we are and how we can use our opportunities to better those around us. I hope this experience urges others to take time out of their day to help others and this becomes a school-wide tradition." Mason ‘22
I was so glad to be a part of the first annual service day projects. It was so impactful for the students to see the organizations doing good for the community in their own backyard. My group went to the Martin Luther King Center in Newport and saw the behinds-the-scenes work it takes to run the center as well as to help serve lunch to the community members. I hope this tradition continues for years to come – Katie, Assistant Director of Communications