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Service as a Way of Life

At DCD, scholarship and citizenship are interdependent. Central to DCD’s mission is a commitment to “inspire students to become caring, ethical members of the larger world by emphasizing thoughtful citizenship and respect for self and others.” For more than a century, our school has been committed to building relationships with people and organizations beyond the borders of our campus, engaging in work that serves the larger community.



Students in every grade participate in some age-appropriate service work during the year, and in Middle School, students take the lead in developing and carrying out their own projects.


Through our service learning program and the daily examples set by our teachers, DCD students learn that small acts of kindness and caring can make a big difference to others.

Service Learning Coordinators

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Daniel Balk

    Daniel Balk 

    Assistant Athletic Director, Physical Education Teacher, Grade 6 History Teacher
  • Photo of Colleen Hultgren

    Mrs. Colleen Hultgren 

    Grade 3 Teacher

Service Learning joins students, faculty, and parents together.

  • DCD’s Parent Association maintains a Community Outreach Committee made up of parent and faculty representatives who work together to coordinate, and execute both school-wide and class-specific projects.
  • DCD holds a special school-wide community service day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Middle School students participate in five community service afternoons during the year and have the opportunity to exercise entrepreneurial skills, creativity, and leadership through initiating their own service experiences.  
During the school year, DCD students across every grade level complete over 30 different service projects and drives to benefit the greater community. 

Community Service News

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