Deerfield has a tradition of service, and the community service program continues to expand and diversify, offering a range of opportunities to serve the school, local, and even global communities.
Students may volunteer to do community service as their afternoon co-curricular commitment, serving on-site at a service project four days per week. Some students combine a recreational sport or special exercise with a community service project that only requires one or two afternoons per week. Students involved in the co-curricular community service program have worked at the Greenfield Animal Shelter, two farms, a variety of daycare and after-school programs, social service agencies, shelters, and nursing homes. Students also participate in on-campus projects such as Computers for Senior Citizens, where students instruct retirees in basic computer skills.
There are also opportunities for service for students outside of the co-curricular program. Athletic teams, dorm groups, and clubs volunteer at Second Helpings, a soup kitchen in Greenfield. Many one-time opportunities such as Habitat for Humanity work days, Relay for Life, and other special projects are also offered on a sign-up basis. Deerfield students who want to work with children have several opportunities: through the Franklin County Big Brother/Big Sister program, about 70 juniors and seniors “adopt” young friends and spend time with them every Friday evening. In addition, the Bement Buddies program lets students act as mentors or tutors to younger students, and a section of Spanish IV visits a local elementary school one morning a week to teach conversational Spanish to eight-year-olds. Under the auspices of the Music Service program, accomplished student musicians share their talents with the greater community through a variety of outreach opportunities. More information on the Music Service program is available on our Arts page.
During the summer students can apply for financial assistance from two special funds to complete community service projects, and Deerfield sponsors service trips each summer, including the popular Cambiando Vidas, a house-building service trip to the Dominican Republic. As a Round Square School, with links to secondary schools and service projects all over the world, Deerfield also invites students to apply for joint service projects in many different countries during school vacations.