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 to gain awareness of the vast array of community organizations that exist.
Below is a list of recent and upcoming community service activities:
September: Multi-school soccer tournament to raise funds for the homeless shelter in Poughkeepsie. Organized by the athletic department.
October: UNICEF. Organized by Student Leadership Council
November: Food drive to support Astor Head Start. Organized by the third grade.
November-December: Astor Sponsor-a-Family. Organized by the seventh grade.
December: Caroling at Green Briar Adult Home. Organized by the sixth and eighth grades.
December: Community Service Day: dog beds for the S.P.C.A., cookies for the Poughkeepsie Food Bank and decorations for Green Briar Adult Home. Organized by the lower school.
February: Supply drive for the Dutchess County S.P.C.A. Organized by the second grade.
February-March: Food and supply drive for the homeless shelter in Poughkeepsie. Organized by the fifth grade.
March: Blood Drive organized by the eighth grade.
May: Heifer International: Read to Feed. Organized by the fourth grade.
March: Costa Rica: Turtle research, re-forestation, and supply drives for an elementary school and an indigenous tribe. Organized by the fourth grade.