by Harrison Richman, University of Hartford Communications Intern
Watkinson private school senior, Oliver A., enacted a large-scale service-learning initiative as part of his Eagle Scout project. Oliver decided to partner with Chrysalis Center’s Freshplace Program, which provides healthy, fresh foods to families in need in the North End of Hartford. For those who cannot physically make it to the pantry, though, Freshplace brings food straight to their homes in sturdy, metal, wheeled carts; this is where Oliver comes in. His goal was to raise $745 to purchase 20 carts for Freshplace. After 22 individual donations by friends and family, Oliver proudly reached his goal and then some. In total, he was able to raise $1,510, which will purchase a total of 40 carts for those in need. This past Saturday he helped to assemble the carts that will be delivered to Freshplace. Oliver is a Global Studies Diploma Program student and his commitment to service-learning has also included a three-year commitment to Watkinson’s Dominican Republic Service Team. Congratulations, Oliver!