By Valerie Franchi, Contributing Writer
Grafton – Grafton High School ninth-graders spent part of their first week back to school giving back to their community – picking vegetables, clearing land for new plantings, and learning about volunteering to help those less fortunate.
On the hot, sticky morning of Aug. 31, two groups of more than 120 ninth-graders and senior leaders descended on the Brigham Hill Community Farm to volunteer for the Community Harvest Project, a program that provides fresh produce to at-risk residents and families.
“As a school, we really wanted to help support local farming,” said Assistant Principal Jonathan Kelly, “and to connect kids with their community through service.”
He added that the theme for the high school this year is “giving back to the community.”
This is the first year the students have helped on the farm and all of the grades 9-12 will be participating.
As part of the “giving back” focus, the school will also hold a school-wide assembly to expose the students to other volunteer opportunities.