On Saturday, April 22, nearly 200 WPI students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends gathered to celebrate Community Service Day. After welcome remarks from WPI Alumni Association President, Rachel Delisle ’96, ’06, and Worcester’s Chief of Operations and Special Projects, Eric Batista, the group gathered at Institute Park.
To celebrate WPI’s long-standing commitment to improving the local community, the City of Worcester planted and dedicated a tree at Institute Park to WPI. Batista said, “When you come to WPI, Worcester becomes your second home. One of the things that we in the City hope you will do is be engaged, involved and invested in the City. The students, faculty and staff at WPI have embraced our hope. We’re very thankful for your support and commitment to the City of Worcester.”
After the tree dedication, groups broke off to spend the morning cleaning up Institute, Elm, and Newton Hill Parks, which are adjacent to the campus.
WPI has been volunteering in Worcester for well over 15 years at various project sites. Last academic year, WPI students spent over 33,000 hours serving the local community.
WPI is proud to be in the heart of the City and to continue its partnership to improving the area we all call home.
Photos from the day available on Flickr.