A Reunion Tradition: Class of 1988 Helps King Street Youth Center
- By Edward J Neuert
When most people think of returning to their alma mater for a class reunion, they think of joyful sightings of old classmates, warm greetings from former teachers, and nostalgic tours of their old campus. For the Class of 1988 of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Medical Reunion 2013 featured all these elements, plus one important additional one: service to the community.
At their last reunion, in 2008, the class members had, prior to returning to campus, decided to perform a community service project in addition to the usual reunion activities. The effort was spearheaded by class agents James Wallace III, M.D., and Lawrence Wolk, M.D. Wallace is an associate professor of radiology at the UVM College of Medicine and medical director of radiation oncology at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Wolk is chief executive officer of the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization and founder and medical director of Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, based in Denver, Colorado.
In 2008, the class, along with members of their familes, chose to perform a morning’s community service work at Burlington’s King Street Youth Center, a not-for-profit community organization that has provided services to children and families in the area since 1971.
The experience in 2008 left the class with a desire to continue the connection to King Street; so it seemed only natural that, as the group gathered in Burlington this June to celebrate its 25th reunion, that they would spend the Saturday morning of reunion cleaning common rooms and sprucing up the playground at the Center.
In addition to the returning graduates and their family members, several current medical students joined the group for the morning’s work.