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Community Service

Community service has become an integral part of the Solebury experience, putting into practice Solebury School's philosophy of commitment to the “active concern for the greater humanity." It's a priority for many students and a requirement for graduation.


Students from grades nine through twelve will be expected to complete ten hours per year of approved community service. Up to half of these hours may be completed on campus. Middle school students will be required to complete five hours per year. Those entering Solebury after seventh grade will not be required to make up the lost hours from previous years. Any number of hours above the required ten hours per year will count toward the next year's requirement.


For information about guidelines or opportunities, contact Community Service Advisor Hanna Howe at

What Is Community Service?

Opportunities for community service are as diverse as our student body. Solebury's Community Service Advisor can help students find areas of service that meet their interests and priorities. Here are a few examples of ways to serve:

  • Animal lovers might volunteer at the Humane Society.
  • Athletes might work as referees or umpires for local youth groups.
  • Get involved at homeless shelters or elementary schools and be a mentor to children.
  • Share artistic interests and talents at retirement centers, day care centers or nonprofit art centers.
  • Work at a soup kitchen or food pantry.
  • Environmentalists might work at a park, form a group to adopt a highway, or raise funds for ecological organizations such as the Audubon Society or Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center.
  • Work for the American Red Cross, local fire and emergency stations, or other emergency relief organizations.

Community Service News

Middle School Community Service Project

Our Middle School students spent a recent Friday at a local retirement community doing some spring cleanup and planting a vegetable garden. It was a fun, productive day spent outdoors.

Middle School Empty Bowls Fundraiser A Great Success

Solebury's Middle Schoolers and Director Cari Nelson are grateful to our families and friends who joined them for this Friday's Empty Bowls fundraiser. The funds raised ($700 to date) will benefit the organization, Host Family.

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