While remaining at home like so many others during these challenging weeks, some members of the St. Mark's community are using their time to help make a difference. Two from St. Mark's—a student and a staff member—are among those making face masks to help address the shortage of those essential items, supporting the needs of health care workers and medical facilities.
Service at St. Mark's
St. Mark’s provides students with a wide range of service opportunities, both locally and globally, to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Current community service programs include a variety of local tutoring and mentoring opportunities, service work during St. Mark’s Saturdays and Lion Term, and the St. Mark’s Global Citizenship Program that includes volunteer opportunities at Brantwood Camp and partnership with Dominican Republic elementary schools through Outreach 360. Through this service, students build intercultural knowledge and competence, gain an appreciation of personal and cultural differences, and develop leadership skills through collaboration and teamwork.
On Wednesday, February 12, Douglas Sutherland, the new executive director of Brantwood Camp, visited St. Mark's. He addressed the St. Mark's community at the all-school meeting that morning, and he made himself available for questions and conversation at lunch.
Wednesday, February 4, was Play for Haiti Day at St. Mark's. It was a day to raise funds to benefit St. Mark's longtime partner school: Ste. Marguerite's in Haiti, under the auspices of the Haiti Partnership Committee at St. Mark's.
On Saturday afternoon, January 11, the St. Mark's girls' varsity basketball team hosted the local Southborough sixth-grade travel basketball team for a special practice.
On Monday, October 28, the St. Mark's Student Athletic Council held an "antique jersey" sale to benefit the nearby Marlboro Boys & Girls Club. Old and retired St. Mark's athletic uniforms went up for sale to help an organization that has been supported by community service at St. Mark's since 1899.
For 99 summers, students from St. Mark's School have volunteered at Brantwood Camp in Peterborough, New Hampshire, working primarily with low-income youth. St. Mark's alumni and faculty are also involved with the camp in a variety of ways: as staff, trustees, supporters, and advocates to the greater community.