Community Service House Students Serve Newton

Community Service House Students Serve Newton

May 11, 2015

While other college students were soaking up the springtime sunshine or studying for finals on Sunday, a group of students from Lasell's Community Service House volunteered their time to rake and mulch gardens at Newton's Burr School.

The Newton Serves project included students from Lasell as well as other members of the Newton Community who helped prepare the school gardens for planting and beautified the landscaping around the Burr School.

"I was so impressed that these kids took the initiative to sign up and take time out of their weekend to participate in Newton Serves. I am so happy that they decided to come to Burr School. Each one of them put in a hard afternoon of work," said Newton Serves Coordinator Kelly Brown.

The project was considered a "house trip" by the Community Service House (Keever) residents. It was the first time the students had volunteered for Newton Serves.

"I love doing community service because I feel as though I am not only bettering the community around me, but myself, too," said senior Hayley Kreckler, Resident Assistant for the Community Service House.

Kreckler was joined by fellow students Haleigh West, Briana Wrubleski, Victoria Mercado, Melissa Woodruff, Hannah Stevens, James Rossano and Shelby Jendrewski.

Mercado agreed with Kreckler, "I really enjoy doing service and helping others in need; you get back what you put this into the world."

Lasell, which has robust community service involvement by faculty, students and staff in curricular and co-curricular activities, recently received recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for its community service engagement. It is one of only 361 colleges and universities nationwide to receive the honor.