• Freshman Holly Owens assembles braille pages for a Dr. Suess book at the National Braille Press during CityDays.

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  • Above, freshman Sadie Wachter gets an encouraging smile from Alison Thronton, customer service representative and volunteer coordinator of the National Braille Press during CityDays.

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  • Freshman Chad Lieberman, sophomore Somin Lee and senior Douglas Quattrochi assemble more books.

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  • Anthony Reinen of the Class of 2003 meticulously attaches a transparent sheet of braille to a book.

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830 volunteer for CityDays


A record 830 MIT students, including 600 freshmen, volunteered at 44 community agencies in Cambridge and Boston on Friday, Aug. 29, as part of the 12th annual CityDays Festival sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center.

Seven undergraduates (five of them freshmen) and one member of the Class of 2003 helped assemble books for the blind at the National Braille Press, the only Braille press in New England and one of six in the country.

At the National Braille Press headquarters in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, students collated, folded and bound books, among them Dr. Seuss' "Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?" The volunteers were freshmen Holly Owens, Sadie Wachter, Dan Schultz, Elizabeth Canavan-Palermo and Chad Lieberman, sophomore Somin Lee, senior Douglas Quattrochi, and Anthony Reinen of the Class of 2003.

Among the 44 agencies participating in the project were the Greater Boston Food Bank, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, the Charles River Conservancy, the CASPAR shelter and Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly.


Topics: Students, Volunteering, outreach, public service

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