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More than 500 MIT students will perform acts of public service on Friday afternoon as part of the Seventh Annual CityDays Festival sponsored by the MIT Public Service Center.
Student volunteers representing MIT fraternities, sororities, independent living groups, dorms and student organizations will convene at 10:45am on Kresge Oval before fanning out across Cambridge and Boston to participate in various service projects. These include helping children and the elderly, cleaning and repairing shelters, serving food at soup kitchens, and working to beautify parks in Cambridge, Roxbury, Dorchester and other Boston neighborhoods.
In the largest project, sponsored by the Metropolitan District Commission, students will prune trees, plant flowers and pick up trash along Memorial Drive from one end of MIT's campus to the other.
After returning from their afternoon of service, students will attend the CityDays Volunteer Fair, where several dozen service agencies from Cambridge and Boston will recruit volunteers for the upcoming semester.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 2, 1998.