Swim-a-thon Benefits Class Service Project
Worcester Academy swimmers logged more than 10,000 yards in the school’s pool while participating in a Swim-a-thon recently to benefit National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS).
The fundraiser complements efforts by the Class of 2012
(the Junior Class), which two years ago adopted the NEADS Program as its official community service project
According to Barbara Gould, class dean for the Junior Class, twenty-eight students participated in the Swim-a-thon, raising money by asking family and friends to contribute to the effort. The final figure has topped $1,300, Ms. Gould said, which means students have earned the privilege of naming a NEADS puppy.
NEADS, headquartered in the nearby town of Princeton, trains dogs to assist deaf and disabled Americans. Worcester Academy has had a 12-year relationship with the agency. The relationship was formalized when the school’s Junior Class took NEADS as its official community service project. Additional fundraisers and support for the agency have included the sale of homemade dog cookies, most recently at Valentine’s Day, and the collection of 500 pounds of peanut butter.
At Worcester Academy, the Bernon Family Community Service Program teaches students the value of being active and contributing members of their community. Students come to appreciate that they have as much to learn as they have to contribute, while experiencing first-hand the difference that they can make. Annually, Worcester Academy students contribute thousands of hours to the community, and many earn Presidential Volunteer Service Awards.
The community service program is one of the primary ways that Worcester Academy demonstrates its Open Gates Philosophy
. That Philosophy is Worcester Academy’s coordinated approach to experiential learning. It integrates real-world experiences with the school’s curriculum. In short, the Open Gates program takes our students out beyond the campus and the classroom, and brings guests and real-word dimensions in, reinforcing the relevance of the academic experience, as well as our connections with the various communities in which we learn and live.
Worcester Academy is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6 to 12 and postgraduates. Our urban setting, diverse community, and challenging curriculum provide students with a solid, real-world education. To learn more, visit www.worcesteracademy.org
For information on the Swim-a-thon or NEADS initiative, contact Neil Isakson, director of external communications at Worcester Academy, at 508-754-5302 x135, or email email@example.com
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