by Hope Gorman, AmeriCorps member serving on the Boston Civic Engagement team
Earlier this year, Chelsea Clinton went on a promotional tour for her new book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! When she heard about the City Year Boston service event at the Curley K-8 on October 20, she wanted to be a part of it. As a member of the Boston Civic Engagement Team, I was excited to meet Chelsea Clinton and help host an event at Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain. Curley K-8's school philosophy is care for self, peers, and community.
In order to promote the “Curley Cares” initiative, students in 6th and 8th grades made hygiene kits for Boston’s homeless, created student resource kits for their peers, and painted murals at the school. During the service event, Clinton engaged the middle school students in conversation about significant challenges facing humanity. It was a great opportunity for students to talk about issues that affect young people and Clinton was able to empower the middle school students with stories about other young people who made a difference in their community.
It was incredible to see students work together to make a difference. Collectively, they made over 100 hygiene kits for the homeless, 200 student resource kits, and painted four murals for Curley K-8 School. While the students were participating in service they made pledges. Some of the students pledged to:
“Share a snack with a friend.”
“Treat my teacher with respect.”
“Donate to homeless shelters.”
These small acts of caring create ripples. The middle school students at the school realized that it truly does not matter how big or small an act of kindness is—the point is that you are making an effort to bring a little more joy to someone’s life.