Community Service Day at WMS!

Julie Yates
“When I asked [the students] to do a task today, they would go beyond and do so much more than I asked!”-Maudelle Driskell, Exec. Dir. of The Frost Place
An integral part of our School’s mission, service to others occurs in myriad ways throughout the school year at The White Mountain School. On May 18 we held our annual, all-school Community Service Day. Since the 1990s, The White Mountain School has devoted at least one day of service to local community organizations. On Community Service Day this year students and faculty participated in service projects at one of the following organizations:
Additionally, some students stayed on campus to work on the school farm or at the school campsite while others participated in a river clean up or trail work.  See photos from Community Service Day 2012.
At the end of the day of service, hosting organizations are invited back to the School to join students and faculty for a barbeque. Community Service Day Coordinator, Becky Beno, is pleased to report that participating community organizations offered numerous compliments of our students and their work. Testimonials included:
“The Colonial is mainly a volunteer based organization, so we need all the help we can get. The White Mountain School students are helping to protect and restore The Colonial by painting the entry way. The students are great workers and we are having a lot of fun!”

-Nate Alberts, Board Member of the Colonial Theater

“We got a tremendous amount done, much more than I had anticipated. It was such a pleasure to work with students who are so enthusiastic, energetic and eager to learn. When I asked them to do a task today, they would go beyond and do so much more than I asked!”

-Maudelle Driskell, Executive Director of The Frost Place
“What a great group of young people!”

-Sister Monique Couture, Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

There are many other ways WMS students participate in community service projects throughout the school year.  WMS offers week-long Field Courses with a focus on community service two times/year as well as one international service trip each year. Every season sports teams participate in service projects with local organizations. This year teams played soccer with an after-school elementary program, cleaned-up litter, did trailwork, helped with gardening and much more! Students are also offered opportunities to participate in local community service on their own. Among other projects this year, students have read to elementary school kids, gone to a local nursing home, and volunteered for an adaptive skiing program. Many students also volunteer during evenings and weekends, preparing and serving food for the local food pantry, doing yard work for The Frost Place, and even dressing up as elves to support the NH Literacy Foundation’s Polar Express Event.  And, finally, students work hard each year to fundraise for organizations in need.  This year students raised money for a Women in Action Scholarship, the Invisible Children, China Care, Relay for Life and The Batay Foundation.

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