Danny’s Service Reflection

For several years, I have attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert, held to benefit the Friends Shelter. As much as I have enjoyed helping the Shelter by listening to spectacular music performed¬†by both the Meetinghouse Jazz Orchestra and my peers, I was excited to finally be able to play in this year’s concert. On January 22, I and the Jazz Ensemble had the opportunity to play¬†alongside professional musicians for the wonderful cause of the Friends Shelter.

While I was slightly disappointed with how the actual performance went, I couldn’t be happier that I had the chance to help the less fortunate through playing music. I believe both the shelter and the concert to be institutions uniquely tied to Friends Seminary, and I’m happy that I had the chance to entertain my community at the same time as improving it for those who rely on it for shelter.

Danny’s Service Reflection

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, I went with my father to the Yung Wing School in Chinatown for the Yale Day of Service. While there, we performed tasks such as garden beautification and organization of the library. Although the organization of the books was occasionally tedious, it was nice to know that it was for a good cause, helping in the students’ education. Although I don’t know how long the organization lasted, I imagine some children were more easily able to find the books they were looking for, and hopefully they enjoyed and will continue to enjoy reading. I had the opportunity to speak with the principal of the Yung Wing School, and I could tell how much our contributions meant to her personally and as a leader of the school community. I hope to participate in the Yale Day of Service next year.