Enjoy the following article that will appear in Roland Park News.
Middle School Day of Service
By Alex Barron
At Boys’ Latin, we believe that a life-changing education calls for students to explore new realms and to look beyond themselves. One of the goals of our new middle school head, Pen Vineyard, was to expose students to the world outside of Lake Avenue by creating community partnerships. It was this desire that inspired the middle school’s first annual Day of Service.
The idea was for students to take part in several types of service projects in the Baltimore area. The middle school partnered with Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) to link Boys’ Latin with several local not-for-profit organizations. Together, students assembled three hundred lunches for Our Daily Bread, which serves hot meals to those experiencing hunger, and three hundred fifty hygiene kits for My Sister’s Place, which aids victims of domestic violence.
Meanwhile, a group of eighth-graders journeyed to Bethel Farm Lab, an urban farm located in the East Baltimore neighborhood of Oliver. There, they helped plant crops and beautified the area by cleaning up an adjacent alley.
For Mr. Vineyard, the day was a success and an extension of BL’s core values. “For us to be able to work with the broader community,” he said, “that’s living our motto Esse Quam Videri, to be rather than to seem.”