BYFIELD — The Triton Regional School District will serve as a Youth Service America lead agency, mobilizing the area’s young people to lead volunteer service projects on three National Days of Service, starting with the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance on Wednesday.
The other days, involving students from Newbury, Rowley and Salisbury, will be the MLK Day of Service on Jan. 20 and Global Youth Service Day, which is April 17-19. These three days are officially designated as National Days of Service through the 2009 Serve America Act.
With grants from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service along with training and support from Youth Service America, Triton will build a culture in which young people in the district’s three towns have the opportunity and support to find their voice, take action, and make an impact in their communities, according to a press release from the school system.
As the official local organizers for these National Days of Service, lead agencies are a vital part of Youth Service America’s work to activate all young people from ages 5 to 25 – especially those in underserved communities who aren’t usually asked to participate, the release said.
“We are thrilled to partner with Triton Regional School District and the thousands of young people in the area who will serve and celebrate on these days of service,” said Steven Culbertson, president and CEO of Youth Service America, in the release.
“We’re currently leaving two-thirds of our young citizens out of actively participating in our democracy,” he said. “Volunteering is a gateway to a lifetime of civic participation and days of service are on-ramps to volunteering, especially for first-time volunteers.”
In the first of the three community events, the Triton Regional School District and Amesbury High School will work together to “Remember and Serve.”
Triton has partnered with several local organizations on the project, including the Veterans Administration hospital in Bedford.
Elementary school students will decorate donation boxes and collect items for veterans and active-duty members of the military while middle and high school students will have a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. – when the first hijacked airliner hit one of the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. They will then write thank-you notes to military personnel.
Triton Superintendent Brian Forget said he looks forward to working with Youth Service America with the district being a lead agency.
“I truly believe that creating a culture of service to others has a widespread and lasting impact on the world around us,” Forget said in the release. “We are so thankful to YSA for trusting in our efforts and the proposal we put forward to continue to build a service mindset in our schools and community at large, and to Julie Romano for her work in making this partnership a reality.”