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Community Service

Dana Hall is committed to teaching students about the importance of community service as part of an education that prepares them, as the School's mission states, to be “women and citizens of the world.”
The Community Service Program is an ideal vehicle for  developing empathy, respect and responsibility. Through various projects, students are involved with people beyond the school community and develop an awareness of a broad range of local and global issues.

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  • School-Wide Events

    The entire school community takes part in community service throughout the year. At Thanksgiving time, it has been a tradition for more than 30 years that each advisor group donates a box of food to the Union United Methodist Church in South Boston for a family in need.  Three times a year, students and faculty participate in “Oxfam Day” and eat only rice and beans for lunch and donate the money saved to Oxfam America for programs that serve and feed the hungry in the Greater Boston area. Each fall, all members of the Dana Hall community are invited to participate in Amor Caritas Day – our annual day of service.


  • Individual Service Placements

    Students in all grades are encouraged to volunteer after school, on weekends or during breaks for long-term community service in many different settings. The school maintains several on-going relationships with local organizations. Some of examples of weekly school-sponsored trips include sorting and repackaging donations for children in need at Cradles to Crayons, assisting with therapeutic riding and climbing lessons for children with special needs through BiNA Farm, and visiting senior citizens at the Elizabeth Seton Residence. Students regularly serve at a variety of organizations, including: hospitals, women’s shelters, youth programs, animal shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries, homeless shelters and environmental organizations.
  • 10th Grade Program

    Tenth grade students are required to complete a total of 20 hours of community service by the end of their sophomore year. Through the 10th Grade Forum program and in class meetings, students discover that as members of the Dana Hall community, they are a part of a “thriving community,” meaning one with an abundance of resources and support.
     
    Service education stresses the importance of reaching out to struggling communities that face adversity socio-economically, intellectually, physically or otherwise. At least 10 required hours must be completed with an organization that focuses on socio-economic needs, and at least 10 hours must be working in direct contact with people.  As part of their class retreat in late August, the 10th grade undertakes a service project at a farm dedicated to growing food for the New Hampshire Food Bank. Service continues throughout the the school year, and students share and reflect on their service experiences during Forum classes. They also learn about issues such as hunger and homelessness and how to address these issues from a local, national and global perspective. Public Speaking is part of the curriculum and in the final weeks of Forum, each sophomore presented a speech to her classmates about a meaningful service project that she participated in throughout the year.

Questions?

Angela Macedo, the Director of Community Service Programs, is a resource for individuals and groups who are planning service projects. She facilitates community service throughout the school, and she advises the student-led Community Service Advisory Board (CSAB). CSAB plans and leads outreach projects to a variety of local shelters and other local, national and global service organizations.

Director of Community Service Programs
Dana Hall School
45 Dana Road 
Wellesley, MA 02482 
Phone: (781) 489-1741 

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