Sixty Newbury Students Volunteer at Boston Marathon

April. 27, 2017 – On April 14th, three days before the 121st Boston Marathon, 60 Newbury students gathered for the second time to volunteer at the Marathon’s opening expo and help in the Adidas merchandising area. They were involved in line control, bagging, stocking shelves, handing out posters, etc.

Stephany George, the Area Coordinator for Residential Life, helped make this event possible. According to George, students expressed interest in this opportunity in 2014 and Newbury was finally able to make it happen for the 2016 Marathon. Organizing 60 student-volunteers is not easy, but George said, “My favorite part is how excited all of the students are to participate. Their energy is infectious and even noted by non-Newbury volunteers and personnel.”

The Newbury students enjoyed the entire experience, no matter what task they were involved with. Shelby Gravel ’17 said, “My job was poster distribution. It was amazing to see how much the runners appreciated the free posters that had the names of every runner on [them]. There were people from all over the world that I was able to meet and it was very inspiring to hear their stories.”

Because Newbury is so close to Boston (and part of the Marathon route is less than a mile from campus), many students were excited to be a part of this famous, local event. Julia Leggett ’18 said, “I wanted to volunteer for the Boston Marathon because I wanted to help give back to the city of Boston, as well as to all of the runners because I look up to them a lot and they work so hard. I think the Marathon brings together a great community of runners from all over the world and being able to be a part of it, even as a volunteer, is such an amazing experience. This was my second year volunteering at the Marathon and I hope to continue doing so!”

Community service, whether as part of the Boston Marathon or not, creates a meaningful College experience. Students are able to collaborate with their peers and give back to a community they are a part of during their time at Newbury. Katelynne Bazile ’17 said, “This experience…enabled me to volunteer with my peers and also people who I may have not gotten the chance to speak to on campus already. We all represented Newbury, and I believe we did such a great job that we can possibly make this a legacy for Newbury College students.”

The student-volunteers truly appreciated having this opportunity. “[Stephany George] deserves a lot of credit for getting 60 students to work it this year when many people are on a waiting list for years before they get the chance,” said Dan Horwitz ’17. “People travel from all over the world for this event and it was amazing to be surrounded by everyone's positive energy. It's always special when a group of strangers come together for something bigger than themselves.”


About Newbury: Newbury College is a private, independent college located just minutes from Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Founded in 1962, Newbury College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in over 20 career-focused majors. Committed to personalized and experience-based teaching, Newbury inspires students to become independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens.

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60 Newbury students gathered for the second time to volunteer at the Marathon’s opening expo and help in the Adidas merchandising area.