Deerfield gives all its students access to a number of weekend community service projects. These projects typically last about an hour to an hour and a half, and do not require regular commitment. Students help out with local elderly people who need groups of two through five around their homes doing yard work, clean-up work, gardening, and washing windows. Deerfield groups performing at local nursing homes, elderly centers, etc. if interest persists. Doing community service on weekends can be a fun and rewarding thing to do, and it offers a great study break.
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.
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 6:00-8:15 pm and spend the evening together playing tag, basketball, hide-and-go-seek, board games, and much more.
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.
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.