Community service has been a way of life at Hillside for decades. Over the years, specifc programs have been created to help develop our students into socially responsible citizens who understand the importance of serving others. Through these formal initiatives and everyday life at Hillside, the boys learn the importance of giving back, and experience the satisfaction of seeing how their actions bring joy to their local community and groups across the world, from residents in assisted living homes in Marlborough to children in Africa.
Community Service Day, October, 2014
The community service has been a formal program for a decade, and the students and faculty made a major impact on many lives pn October 31, 2014.. Two groups brought initiative and talent to off-campus programs, while the rest of the boys worked closely with their teachers to renew the beautiful Hillside campus, ably supporting the hard-working maintenance group. Headmaster David Beecher and Assistant Dean of Student Life and Leadership Instructor Craig Evans reminded the boys that the day was about being grateful and offering service to others, their community, and our School. They noted that “many hands make light work, and these efforts make a difference.”
This spirit of giving back was manifest in Headmaster Beecher’s group working at Operation Christmas Child at his Westborough church, where they packed 24 shoe boxes of gifts and necessities for African children, drawing deep thanks from Pastor John Taylor. Shah Salmi took his Boys in Blue to deliver joyful sounds at not one but two community spots, Jaworek Elementary School and Coleman House, a local assisted living community.
See the Boys in Blue in Action! Watch their video of Rather Be by Clean Bandit!
On campus, the boys were accompanied by faculty members who were distinctly hands-on themselves, and the group took the campus like a white tornado inside and out: cleaning windows, tables and chairs, dusting and doing housekeeping in the houses, Student Center, kitchen, library, classrooms and gym; raking, weeding, shoveling and sweeping the courtyards, tennis courts, Farm and parking lots; cleaning up outdoor trash, including a major project along Robin Hill Rd. Pete McKenna, director of facilities, expressed his appreciation on behalf of the maintenance team: “Every year we look forward to Community Service Day. The boys do a great job working around campus. The Maintenance team greatly appreciates everyone’s hard work in making these days a huge success. Thank you!”
On Sunday, November 2nd, the external community service was extended for a few days as over 40 boarders, organized by Kevin Hundley, swept into the Friends of Hudson Library and helped them move over 10,000 books! The library group was amazed and grateful for the major contribution from the boys.
Ongoing Community Service Days
A day each trimester is dedicated to such community service as was done in October. Other off-campus projects include volunteering at local places of worship, libraries, soup kitchens, and assisted living facilites, or renewing gardens, assisting in seasonal farm maintenance or other needs suggested by the Facitlities team.
Giving Back to Local Communities
Under the direction of Craig Evans, Hillside students make frequent trips to local Assisted Living Homes in the greater-Marlborough area. Students compassionately help residents at these facilities as well as join in on activities (such as Bingo) and entertain residents with talents such as playing the guitar.
As the opportunities arise, Hillside students volunteer at local events such as Senator Eldridge's annual Senior Conference which is held locally. If you are affiliated with a local group or organization that would benefit from the help of Hillside Students, please contact the Student Life office at (508) 303-5727.
Ninth Grade Community Service Initiative
All Ninth Grade students participate in the Ninth Grade Community Service Initiative. Each month, students' stewardship is of a specific area of the community. Their consistent efforts throughout the year give the boys the opportunity to be role models to the rest of the community as they demonstrate Hillside's core values. Ninth grade students attend to the stewardship of their assigned area between 7:45 - 8:00am each weekday morning.