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.
Community Service Club
The club is composed of service-oriented students who want to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Students organize and take part in many community service events throughout the year, including weekend trips, fundraisers, MLK Day events, and an all-school Community Service Day.
2017-18 Club Projects
The start of the school year coincided with several major hurricanes hitting American shores. Our Community Service Club immediately launched their "10 in 10" Hurricane Relief Fundraiser, raising more than $3,000 that supported five organizations providing direct relief to victims of Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate.
In November 2017, the Community Service Club organized a trip to the Carversville Farm Foundation, a sustainable farm that supports those who are food insecure. Our group of 15 students and two teachers worked alongside a few other volunteers, pulling apart garlic bulbs to individual cloves to ready them for planting.
All-Student Community Service Requirements
Students from grades 9-12 will be expected to complete 10 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 7th grade will not be required to make up the lost hours from previous years. Any number of hours above the required 10 hours per year will count toward the next year's requirement.
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.
For information about guidelines or opportunities, contact Community Service Advisor Sarah May at email@example.com.