Each day, members of the Harvard community interact with students, teachers, and families across Boston. For example, Harvard students serve as tutors in after-school programs, faculty members offer lectures to community groups, and schools offer mentored research opportunities to talented students. These connections benefit the communities on both sides of the Charles — enriching lives, forming lasting bonds, opening minds, and expanding opportunities.

This work is a key extension of the public service ethic called for in Harvard’s charter, and the University takes great pride in its longstanding partnerships with communities in Boston.

1 Prior to throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park for the Red Sox v. Baltimore Orioles game, Harvard President Drew Faust met Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia in the dugout. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer
2 Hit me with your best shot! President Drew Faust lets one fly. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer
3 Red Sox first baseman Mike Lowell caught President Drew Faust’s pitch, where afterward they met for the first time. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer
4 President Drew Faust (at podium) was on hand as Harvard University and Cisco unveiled a gift to Boston and Cambridge schools that will allow students and teachers to video conference with individuals around the world. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
5 Using an Internet2 connection donated by Harvard and speaking on TelePresence equipment donated by Cisco, the group “met” with Cambridge Superintendent Jeff Young and Dean Kathleen McCartney of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (front center on screen) to celebrate the launch of the partnership. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
6 The gift also gives the schools access to Harvard’s Internet2, a faster, education-only Internet network. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
7 Fifth-graders from the Elihu Greenwood School explore polymers during a science day event hosted by Harvard Step UP. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
8 Students work on an experiment with their teacher during a science event hosted by Harvard Step UP. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
9 Allston residents play miniature golf during the opening of the Harvard Allston Field and Fairway. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
10 A Brighton resident plays miniature golf at the Harvard Allston Field and Fairway. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
11 A Brighton family enjoys the batting cages at the Harvard Allston Field and Fairway. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
12 Brighton residents get ready to hit the green. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
13 Students participate in the Library Park Construction Club to learn about soil, trees, and other aspects of park design. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
14 Harvard designers Dennis Swinford (left) and Emily Mueller De Celis (with sunglasses) lead children on a tour of the Library Park site. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
15 Harvard designer Emily Mueller De Celis (right) tours the Library Park site with children. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
16 Students work on a problem set during the Crimson Summer Academy. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
17 Boston students build marshmallow towers during Phillips Brooks House Association’s (PBHA) Chinatown Adventure summer program. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
18 Boston students make paper cup phones during PBHA’s annual Science Olympiad. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
19 Children from several different neighborhoods in Boston paint together during PBHA’s Summer Urban Program. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
20 A Boston student plays during PBHA’s Summer Urban Program. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
21 Children from Boston attend the summer camp in Chinatown run by the Phillips Brooks House Association. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
22 A junior counselor at a PBHA summer program assists a camper during the morning academic session. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
23 A Harvard Allston Summer Corps teen works with campers at Tenacity, a Boston nonprofit that teaches tennis, literacy, and life skills to kids in after-school and summer programs. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer
24 Middle school students visit the State House during the PBHA Chinatown Adventure summer program Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
25 Billy Marks ’11 speaks with a camper during a field trip to the State House. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
26 Crimson Summer Academy students take part in a science and technology course in Harvard’s Science Center. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer
27 Crimson Scholars participate in a step class at the Malkin Athletics Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
28 Children from the Ellis Memorial visit the Arthur M. Sackler Museum for summer art activities. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
29 Children gather for a reading during a field trip to the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
30 A Boston student shows off his work during a visit to the Sackler Museum. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
31 A student reviews a book on Italy during Global Girls Day, sponsored by the Harvard Chapter of Strong Women, Strong Girls. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
32 Harvard undergraduates teaching at the Harvard Allston Education Portal provide science enrichment opportunities to students in the Gardner Pilot Academy’s after-school program. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
33 Cynthia Wu ’13 (left) and Erica Lin ’10 do a science demonstration for students from the Gardner Pilot Academy. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
34 Harvard University President Drew Faust and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino welcome guests to the Harvard Allston Education Portal. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer
35 President Faust greets a student at the Harvard Allston Education Portal. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer