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'Grads Give Back Day'

4/27/07--The annual Boston College community service event included law students helping to renovate the latest Matthew 25 house.

Matthew 25 work crew4/27/07--Each year the Law Student and Grad Student Associations of Boston College plan a day of community service called Grads Give Back Day.  This year, over 100 graduate students volunteered at fourteen placements on campus and throughout Greater Boston.  The service opportunities ranged from special food and clothing drives right here on the Chestnut Hill campus, planned specially for the day to the everyday services at shelters in the city.

Volunteers also decorated the function room of the Yawkey Athletics Center for the annual social for the children of the Boston College Campus School.  A little farther out, 30 volunteers gathered at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir with garbage bags to clean up litter from its much-used pathways.  In the city, volunteers spent time with children and the elderly at the Boys and Girls Club of Allston/Brighton and the Brighton House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

A popular choice this year was the new placement at the Franklin Park Zoo, where animal lovers gathered to assist with spring cleaning of the grounds and facilities.  Even this work, however, could not surpass the popularity of Fr. Fred Enman's Matthew 25 project.  Law students swiftly grabbed the limited spots to help renovate the latest Matthew 25 house.  Each placement had its own unique experience and beneficial service for the community, and hopefully, some fun for the volunteers as well.  Overall, the day was successful in bringing the graduate students together and encouraging them to continue serving their community beyond this one day.

Story by Tim Fitzgibbon, BC Law Class of 2008

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