April 28, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 16

Boston College Law students James Hein and Kelly Trainor (above) and Jenny Rabbitt put on a fresh coat of paint and did other maintenance work at the Association of Haitian Women of Boston office in Dorchester as part of the "Grad Students Give Back-Community Service Day" on April 15. (Photos by Suzanne Camarata)

Grads give back

Nearly 200 Boston College graduate and law students participated in BC's first-ever "Grad Students Give Back-Community Service Day" on April 15, offering their time and energy at various locations throughout the Greater Boston area.

After gathering on Newton Campus, the BC volunteers headed off to their service placements for the afternoon. One group of students worked at an after-school care program at Emmanuel House in the South End, where they helped the children with homework and helped lead games and arts and crafts. At schools such as St. Patrick's in Roxbury, St. Anthony's and Gardner Extended Services in Allston and St. Kevin's in Dorchester, the BC volunteers helped teachers with classroom lessons, read to and tutored children and stayed to lend a hand at the schools' after-care programs.

Students also rolled up their sleeves to help paint and perform other maintenance tasks at, among other sites, Ringer Park in Allston, Elizabeth Stone House in Jamaica Plain, Genesis House in Newton and the Association of Haitian Women of Boston, which provided the volunteers with a luncheon of authentic Haitian food.

In addition, the grad students helped prepare and distribute food at St. Francis House, the Committee to End Homelessness and the Greater Boston Food Bank, and offered general assistance and care at a shelter run by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The event was organized by the Law Student Association's Community Service Committee and co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association and Murray Graduate Student Center.

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