The Experience

Service Learning

An integral part of the Dutchess Day School mission is to encourage and foster a spirit of giving, in meaningful and developmentally appropriate ways.
Students learn to appreciate the importance of helping others and gain a sense of responsibility for both their local and global communities. Compassion and respect for others are developed through the many hands-on projects that students and faculty do throughout the year. Involvement in these projects also helps students gain awareness of the vast array of community organizations and range of needs that exist.

Examples of Service

  • Kindergarten: attendance pick-up
  • First Grade: used book drive
  • Second Grade: collection for the ASPCA
  • Third Grade: Thanksgiving food drive
  • Fourth Grade: school recycling project
  • Fifth Grade: cards for veterans; homeless shelter supply collection
  • Sixth Grade: Youth Ambassador K9 Career Program
  • Seventh Grade: Astor Sponsor-a-Family
  • Eighth Grade: annual blood drive