Alumni Heroes in their Communities
By Kevin Soja
The COVID-19 pandemic has tested us all in some capacity. That’s one of the many challenges of this crisis — it impacts each person and each family differently.
In these moments of great challenge and uncertainty, we can also find optimism and strength in the profound and heartwarming stories of people making a difference in this world. These stories and people exist within our very own Berkshire community. Alumni, parents, and students gathering and sending masks and medical supplies to the School, members of our faculty and staff distributing those supplies to local hospitals, alumni in their respective communities courageously working to provide food and essential services, and countless other acts of kindness that have unintentionally gone unrecognized. While this generosity of spirit is not a surprise, it is certainly affirming. It speaks to an integral part of our mission, which is to instill the “highest standards of character and citizenship” in our Bears.
We have chosen to dedicate the April "Alum of the Month" feature to our alumni on the front lines, providing vital care, supplies, or even simple goodwill to people in need. Especially at a time like this, their compassion, their unwavering commitment to service, and their determination to make a difference for the greater good are extraordinarily inspiring. They are courageous, they keep us safe, and they give hope to others when it’s most needed.
Thank you, Bears! We are truly grateful.
Originally published in April 2020. Updated February 2021.