Community Service Day Embraces the Environment

On October 12, half of the student and faculty/staff population traveled off campus to assist 11 community organizations in Wallingford, New Haven, and Woodbridge with service work related to sustainability and the environment. About 55 Choate community volunteers traveled to the Wallingford Land Trust to clean up properties still damaged by last May's tornadoes that closed Sleeping Giant and Wharton Brook state parks. For more on this clean up work, read the recent Record-Journal article. Other teams of volunteers stayed on campus to remove overgrowth and invasive species in specific locations, including the cross country course. Director of Community Service Melissa Koomson, Director of Student Activities Jim Yanelli, and the Community Service Advisory Group joined Ms. Koomson and Choate's student Conservation Proctors in planning this year's all-school event. Our school's tradition of service, dating back over 100 years, began with Rosemary Hall's Kindly Club (1912) and The Choate School's St. Andrews Society (1913).