Over Presidents Day weekend, a group of GA juniors and seniors piled into two GA vans and headed for Westchester County, New York. This was the beginning of the 2017 Upper School Service Trip. About five years ago, Middle School faculty members Kate Cassidy and Sarah Blake began the tradition of the Upper School Service Trip. They took a group of students to Staten Island on that first project to help rebuild homes damaged from Hurricane Sandy.
They have continued to chaperone the trip each year since. This year, the seniors on the trip, Ale G. ‘17, Jake D. ‘17, Ali C. ‘17, Lindsay N. ’17, and me, contacted various Habitat for Humanity locations at which we could potentially volunteer. The Westchester location responded with excitement willing to host our group.
|GA students left their mark beyond their work.|
The group of 14 stayed in a converted convent home, associated with a Church in New Rochelle, New York and spent three days working with Habitat of Westchester.
tasks included painting rec rooms at the local YMCA and others included putting
up siding on a house under construction. Overall, the trip was a weekend
of incredible service into which each student put their heart. It was also a
weekend of bonding among the group. This year’s juniors are already looking
forward to working with Mrs. Cassidy and Ms. Blake on planning the trip for
|This year group in Westchester County, New York.|
~ Alex K. ‘17