Jordan Bean
Age 17, Grade 12

How do you serve your community?

I am a mentor at Milton Middle School. I have to go over there four days a week Monday-Thursday. Each day I have a different student to mentor. I am in the process of doing this and I am doing it for a whole quarter. I chose this project because I need to get my service learning done and I saw it as a great opportunity to help others and tell them high school isn’t all that scary.

Why is this an important project?

This is an important project because it gives these young students a big opportunity to ask another student how they went through the school system. This project isn’t just about school, it’s a place and time where these students can relax and feel comfortable to come and talk or hang out with me. It builds trust in new relationships. I believe it prepares you to make new friendships, because after school going into the work world you are going to have to make new relationships and these students have that down under their belt.

What have you learned about your community, and how has this made you a better student?

I have learned that it’s good to have relationships with new people. You can never have enough friendships. This experience has taught me to trust in others more. Every one of the students I mentor are so different from each other. Therefore, I have to learn to not only make friends with people I wouldn’t but to expand my opportunity to people. Although you don’t think you would be friends with someone, it can surprise you that you might have a lot in common. It’s made me better by showing me that I’m not limited to friendships and to trust in new relationships.

Carson Bianchi
Age 18, Grade 12

How do you serve your community?

Recently I volunteered at the Fill the Truck event at Hannaford in Milton. We collected food donations for our local food shelf. I was presented this opportunity through Interact Club I am a part of at school, and I thought it would be a worthwhile experience.

Why is this an important project?

This is a very important project because in every community we see people who are in need of food. The Fill the Truck project allowed for the people to get the food they need.

What have you learned about your community, and how has this made you a better student?

I’ve learned that we live in a great community. It was amazing to see people take their time and donate food and even money. It shows that our community is always heading in a positive direction. As far as making me a better student, doing projects like this makes me want to continue to volunteer. I find it very rewarding.

This feature highlights Milton students, grades K-12, who demonstrate a commitment to their community through volunteerism and being overall good citizens.

This week, we feature Milton High School students Jordan Bean and Carson Bianchi. Jordan’s teachers said she’s a goal-driven student who is making a difference in the lives of the four middle-schoolers she’s mentoring.

“She is genuine, optimistic, and she leads by example,” her teachers wrote. “These students look forward to their one-hour mentoring session with her and are appreciative of the time that Jordan gives them.”

Carson is a mentor to fourth-graders, and his teachers said he’s a self-directed role model.

“Carson is a super-friendly support for our younger students because he plans engaging activities, helps with transitions and adapts to various environments,” his teachers said. “Students are eager to greet him every time he walks in the door.  We are so appreciative to have Carson in our learning community.”