On Friday, May 13, the entire Maynard School student population spread out across the town of Maynard to give back to the community through it's first ever Day of Community Service. Working alongside Mr Caruso, for his Senior Project, student Juan Duran organized the events and projects that occurred throughout the day. As the day's coordinator, Juan had the following to say:
"Throughout my high school career, I have always been wanting for Maynard High school to have a sense of community. With the size of the school and town, you'd figure it'd be easy to do that. In comparison to other schools, I felt that Maynard lacked that feeling of a close knit community and I wanted to change that. By having students participate in a day of community service, even with just a 1 hour time gap, it will allow students to get a brief glimpse of what serving is all about. Additionally, it's always fun doing community service with friends. It's a great way to introduce students to the benefits of performing community service and, hopefully, one day a student or even a teacher can continue this day of service and make it into an annual event that could have many positive impacts. It's more than just serving, it's teaching lessons and getting a new perspective on service. In comparison to the towns around us, Maynard is one of the only schools that does not require community service hours as a graduation requirement, and does not hold any type of community service day during school. I questioned "why is Maynard the only one?" I wanted to change that.
From this experience, I hope that students don't just think it's a waste of time. I hope they realize that the smallest gestures go a big way. Painting a fence outside a school may not affect the student but it affects the the community in the sense that a fence has been cleaned up and gives the school a new visual look. No matter what it is, it's more than just serving because you have to."