Community Service Thrives at Tilton School
Sarah O'Neill

Tilton School’s community service program has been active for over two decades. Currently led by Julie Caldwell (Director of Community Service, World Languages Department Chair, Spanish Teacher), students have the opportunity to participate in the program as their afternoon activity. Weekly, they help at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, assist in the classrooms of various area schools, volunteer at the local soup kitchen, and more. Each year, all students get the opportunity to participate in community service through all class or all school events.

Seniors Helping Seniors

On Saturday, May 4, Tilton seniors and post-graduates continued an over 10-year tradition for Tilton School community service. Seniors Helping Seniors is an annual service project that teams student groups with local senior citizens who may be unable to perform yard work like raking, gardening, and general debris cleanup. Groups were led by faculty and were each assigned a yard to work on.

Each year, Julie Caldwell works in conjunction with the Tilton Senior Center and town hall to find senior citizens in need of the most help. Julie ensures, through tireless dedication, that the project is a success each year. 

Another long-standing community service tradition at Tilton is all-school spring community service day. For more than 20 years, students and faculty have gone out into the community to help neighbors and service partners with cleanup projects and more.

On Wednesday, May 15, the school divided into groups of students and faculty who tackled service activities both on and off campus. Projects included assisting at the Bread & Roses Soup Kitchen, volunteering at the Tilton Senior Center, performing maintenance and yard cleanup at the Pines Community Center, helping out at the New Hampshire Humane Society, and some general tidying up around campus. There as also a Raku firing on campus, led by ceramics teacher Tyler Goodwin. Students fired many beautiful ceramic pieces and enjoyed the once in a lifetime experience.
 

“Community Service Day allows for our students to learn more about the needs and services of the greater Tilton community,” Caldwell said. “Additionally, local organizations benefit from the time, talents, and energy of the Tilton students as they assist with a variety of projects.”

 

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