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    On Monday evenings from 5:15-6:30 pm (picked up at the Main School Building), Deerfield students and faculty, along with members of the St. James’ Church, serve meals to the local residents. It is also a great opportunity to share stories with the interesting people of Franklin County.
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    Community Service Student Board organizes weekend service projects in neighboring Franklin County that take place on Saturday or Sunday from 12:00-2:00 pm (picked up at the Main School Building). The activities range from raking leaves to stacking firewood and provide a great study break for the students and a wonderful help for the local residents.
 

 

Regular Projects:

Second Helpings at St. James’ Church in Greenfield

On Monday evenings from 5:15-6:30 pm (picked up at the Main School Building), Deerfield students and faculty, along with members of the St. James’ Church, serve meals to the local residents. It is also a great opportunity to share stories with the interesting people of Franklin County.

Weekend Community Service Projects in Franklin County

Community Service Student Board organizes weekend service projects in neighboring Franklin County that take place on Saturday or Sunday from 12:00-2:00 pm (picked up at the Main School Building). The activities range from raking leaves to stacking firewood and provide a great study break for the students and a wonderful help for the local residents.

Special Olympics

In the winter, Special Olympics Floor Hockey takes place on Sundays from 9:00-11:00 am (in the East Gym) and is a great opportunity that brings together DA students with local adolescents and adults with mental disabilities while playing floor hockey. Special Olympics Skating is also offered in the Ice Rink at the same time in the winter. In the spring, Special Olympics Swimming takes place on Fridays (or Thursdays) from 7:00-8:00 pm (in the Koch Pool).

Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program connects juniors and seniors at Deerfield Academy with children in Franklin County who want to have an older boy or girl as a role model. Many Fridays throughout the year, the Bigs and Littles meet from 6:30 – 7:30 pm and spend the evening together playing tag, basketball, hide-and-go-seek, board games, and much more.

Click here to see details and sign up.

Old Deerfield Nursery School

The Old Deerfield Nursery School is located on Memorial St. (a three minute walk from the MSB) and is a preschool for 3-5 year olds.  Throughout the morning school day (until lunchtime), Deerfield students can drop by and help out or play. Deerfield students might participate in games, singing, reading, drawing, and more.

One Time/Special Events:

Relay for Life

The Relay for Life event is a volunteer-driven fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Organized by a leadership committee consisting of students only. It is a great event for a amazing cause that brings the entire community of students, faculty, and staff together.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

In October and in May, Deerfield hosts blood drives for the American Red Cross. Led by student leaders and volunteers, the Blood Drive takes place in the East Gym throughout the day.

Team Service Project

Every trimester on one afternoon, each co-curricular team takes on a team service project. These projects range from activities on campus such as raking leaves and cleaning the Dining Hall to projects off campus.

Co-curricular Service:

Students, also, have the option of choosing to do community service as a term co-curricular option. Students can choose to go to local elementary schools to help the younger students with their homework or to engage in games or physical exercises. Other students are able to teach local senior citizens how to use computers in the language lab on campus. Farming is offered as a co-curricular in the fall term, when students can be outside helping with the local farm work.

Frequently Asked Questions

For the past several years, Deerfield has participated in the Green Cup Challenge, an interscholastic energy conservation competition. The school that reduces its kWh usage by the largest percentage wins. The school that reduces GHG emissions by the largest percentage is recognized.

Deerfield runs an on-campus competition during the Green Cup Challenge. Through the month-long challenge, our students follow the success of their dormitory on our energy dashboard and compare their achievements to their on-campus peers and to other schools. The dorm that reduces its energy the most from an established baseline wins a significant prize—an on-campus activity for themselves and another dorm of their choosing, AND a cash prize proportional to dorm size. Because the Green Cup Challenge is a month-long event, we believe that the changed energy consumption practices are more likely to become a learned behavior.

As an SYA member school, Deerfield is able to offer a wide range of study abroad options. In addition to spending school years living and learning languages in foreign countries, Deerfield students can also participate in faculty-led trips during the spring and summer, which allow students to use their language skills in practical settings, under the guidance of Deerfield language faculty.

Think 80|20 is Deerfield’s campus recycling program, which has the goal of changing our habits so that only 20% of our campus waste ends up in a landfill. Think 80|20 signs are posted in all campus buildings and on all recycling/compost/landfill receptacles to educate people on how to dispose of their waste appropriately.

The Energy Dashboard displays daily, weekly, and annual energy consumption information in a building-by-building format. In addition, you can track the performance of solar power systems on two buildings. The Dashboard is an integral part of coursework in many classrooms, and it is wildly popular during the Green Cup Challenge each year.

Environmental proctors are student leaders in sustainability efforts at Deerfield Academy. Working with the Sustainability Coordinator, e-proctors participate in a variety of projects, including dormitory recycling and energy conservation challenges, and promote sustainability around campus.

Upperclassmen can apply to become e-proctors each fall. E-proctors are required to attend biweekly meetings, be involved in one “project” per term, post sustainability announcements and educational materials in dorms, and be a role model for their peers. They will play an important part in helping Deerfield to be environmentally sustainable. A complete list of e-proctors’ duties is available online.

A variety of faculty-led trips allow students to travel under the guidance of a Deerfield teacher without having to spend the entire year living and studying in a foreign country. These trips, which usually take place during spring break or the summer, often include a homestay, and are a great way to improve language skills and experience a different culture.

Language requirements vary by program. Consult individual program websites for more information.

Deerfield’s study abroad partner schools offer a comparable set of courses, so students can fulfill Academy requirements with little or no penalty to their academic progress. All students who are thinking about studying abroad should meet with Director of Studies Lydia Hemphill for assistance in planning their study abroad experience.

Study abroad is available to all students from their sophomore to senior years, although typically students who choose to go abroad will do so during their junior year.

Deerfield has a wide net of international associations, and therefore has the ability to offer a broad spectrum of study abroad opportunities. Semesters abroad in Jordan, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas are highlights of Deerfield’s international programs, which also include Round Square service trips, a variety of School Year Abroad opportunities, exchange programs, and faculty-led trips to places such as the Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Colombia and China.

The Center for Service and Global Citizenship offers two types of grants: CSGC Grants and Micro-Grants.

CSGC Grants: These grants invite Deerfield Academy students to serve others during their summer months. The grants are offered through the generosity of the Cost, Earle, Mendillo and Workman families, and the funds are provided to honor the call in our Mission Statement:

A vibrant, ethical community that embraces diversity, the Academy prepares students for leadership in a rapidly changing world that requires global understanding, environmental stewardship, and dedication to service.

Micro-Grants: Through the CSGC, students can apply to up to $150 to fund student-generated projects on and off campus during the school year.

The annual Spring Term Community Event, hosted at the Deerfield Academy Track, draws the largest number of students to any one service event.  Each year, the CSGC Student Board determines which organization will be the focus of our fundraising and awareness efforts, and the spring term event is the culmination of this year-long effort.  In the recent past, the American Cancer Society and Cancer Connection of Northampton have been the organizations the Deerfield Academy community has supported.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County is the service program with the largest participation, calling on approximately seventy juniors and seniors to serve as “Bigs” who spend Friday evenings with a child from Franklin County to serve as mentors and role models. Deerfield Academy also hosts several Red Cross blood drives, which collect blood for use in local hospitals, and students participate as donors and volunteers.

Students can pursue service as a co-curricular option, engaging in community service projects one to four days a week. Projects include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, Second-Helpings (a food kitchen and food distribution program), Musica Franklin (music instruction to middle-school students), and after-school programs at two local elementary schools. In addition, students can engage in service abroad in the Cambiando Vidas program in the Dominican Republic, and a variety of other CSGC service trips. Students have the opportunity to design their own programs in their local community and abroad, utilizing funding from the Charles Cost Award, or David Workman Grant to be used in the summer or during the school year.  Every athletic team also participates in at least one day of local community service at some point during their season.

Deerfield’s varied and expansive community service programs require a great deal of planning and organization. Most programs are planned through the CSGC Student Board. The board handles all event planning and fundraising and serves as a liaison between the school and other Franklin County and regional service organizations.

The legacy of Frank L. Boyden means that service is an intrinsic part of a Deerfield education. Every year students are reminded of the words of Mr. Boyden: “The test of the worth of any school is, in the last analysis, the record of her alumni… it is our sincere hope that the tradition of service instilled and nurtured here… may endure always to the lasting benefit of the country and the world.” With such a powerful call for service at the heart of its mission, Deerfield places a strong emphasis on service in all its forms. As such, there are a plethora of service opportunities at Deerfield, and students are enthusiastically encouraged to participate as much as they can.

Contact the Center for Service and Global Citizenship

413-774-1435

Boyden Library

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 87
Deerfield, MA 01342