An essential part of the school’s mission is to “promote awareness of and service to others.”
Instilling a commitment to volunteerism among the students and parents is an integral part of the school’s educational goals. Since its inception, the school has proactively reached out to and established meaningful relationships with numerous organizations in Greenwich, Stamford, New York City and other neighboring communities. Stanwich has also participated in national and even international service programs.
The purpose of Stanwich’s community service program is not just to engage students and families in acts of kindness and generosity, but to expand their awareness of the needs of others and demonstrate through action that their contributions are meaningful. On a regular basis, students in the Primary House engage in a community service project. These projects culminate with a special assembly in which members of recipient organizations discuss their organization and how Stanwich School students have assisted them. Students and their families learn in concrete ways how their volunteerism has improved the lives of others.
On a regular basis, students in the Intermediate House engage in a community service project. Projects are designed to encourage these fifth and sixth graders to plan and carry out activities of their own design. An effort is made, as appropriate, to provide students with opportunities to interact with students from other schools so that they can appreciate on a personal level how much they have to learn from others.
Community service projects culminate with a special assembly in which members of recipient organizations discuss their organization and how Stanwich School students have assisted them. Students and their families learn in concrete ways how their volunteerism has improved the lives of others.
In the Upper School, community service assumes a new level of importance. Students are divided into teams. Under the supervision of a faculty member, each team volunteers on-site at a particular community organization on a monthly basis throughout the school year. These regular on-site visits give students tangible experience working to better themselves and others.
Also, beginning in Grade 10, students work on a Moral Leadership Project, where under the guidance of a project advisor, each student considers a cause or organization (local or global) and develops strategies that will allow him or her to make a positive impact on the world.