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Almost 400 Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) students spent the afternoon volunteering throughout the greater Boston area as part of their new student orientation day.
The volunteers divided their efforts among 15 locations including Cradles to Crayons, Cambridge Community Center and South Shore Charter Public School (SSCPS). Their duties ranged from pruning trees to painting walls to coordinating outfits for underprivileged children.
“The service project gives the students an opportunity to get to know each another while making a meaningful contribution to the local community. The organizations are so touched by their efforts – it’s a joy to be a part of,” says Martha Foley, Assistant Director for Student Publications and Student Services.
"Working at the South Shore Charter Public School was a fantastic experience," says Ashley Zlatinov MPP 2015. "Not only did we work in beautiful weather to help with the school's community garden and playground maintenance, but we also had the opportunity to engage with students and staff and learn about the amazing educational experience SSCPS offers, in addition to the challenges it faces. Whether or not us volunteers came in as education experts, I think we all walked away with a new appreciation for the education sector, in addition to new friends!"
“Service helped me overcome socioeconomic barriers. It’s because of service that I got to where I am. I want to continue the cycle and hopefully have an impact,” says Daniel Lee MPP 2016.
This is the fourth year that the Kennedy School has sponsored HKS Serves. Degree Programs and Student Affairs (DPSA) partners with the Student Public Service Collaborative and others in the HKS community to lead the effort.