Boys in Action

Adam Aist '14

Aist started a charitable restricted fund called DragonAid to benefit Baltimore Lab School. He chose the name to honor the school's dragon mascot. "DragonAid’s objective is to defray the costs of field trips, outdoor education, and study abroad programs for students who otherwise could not afford these activities," he says.

Aist's sister Amanda attends Baltimore Lab School. In his senior speech, delivered on November 27, 2013, Aist speaks of Amanda's learning differences and challenges. "DragonAid is one way I thought I could give back the school that has done so much for her."

Baltimore Lab School is a nonpublic special education school in Baltimore City that helps students with learning differences. Its arts-infused curriculum emphasizes experiential learning--education beyond the classroom. Essential components of its hands-on teaching philosophy are interactive field trips, outdoor education, and study abroad programs. There are some less fortunate students, however, that cannot afford some of these activities and, unfortunately, are not able to participate in these multidisciplinary learning opportunities. This is where DragonAid comes in to help.

Jordan Yaffe '17

Seventh-grader Jordan Yaffe coordinated "Dunk for Diabetes" basketball tournament, raising $1,600 to benefit the American Diabetes Association. His neighbor Fred Brancai, a Hopkins diabetes researcher, inspired his project. Read more here.
Jordan introduces the project the in the video below.

Anuj Khandelwal '13

Anuj  Khandelwal created the Hope for Highlands project to collect school supplies for Highlands Elementary in Baltimore City. In 2010-11, he collected enough supplies for 90 children. This year, he expanded his effort to include students from different schools. His partners are Rafay Ahmad (Gilman School), Willem Fujimura (McDonogh School), Sam Giddings (Key School), Ridge Porter (St. Mary’s School) and Landon Sharoky (St. Paul’s School). Their goal is to collect $5,000 in tangible items and/or cash contributions. That's a lot of pencils, glue sticks, composition books, backpacks and more. Click here to learn more at the Hope for Highlands website.

Khandelwal was named a Maryland Distinguished Finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service.

In addition to his outstanding volunteer work, Khandelwal was an All-MIAA water polo player for the Greyhounds during the Fall 2011 season.


Brendon Hudson '12

Take a look at Brendon today, and you would never guess that he is a childhod cancer survivor. He volunteered in the playroom at Sinai, where he was treated as a toddler, to earn community service hours. The video below describes his project to collect toys and videos for the playroom at Sinai Children's Hospital.