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.
Assistant Athletic Director, Physical Education Teacher, Grade 6 History Teacher
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.
DCD Honors Martin Luther King Jr. with Service Morning
Last Friday’s annual morning of service at DCD in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. showed there are no age requirements for kindness and compassion. Students spent the morning engaging in age-appropriate service activities, from the youngest in pre-K to eighth-graders who are getting ready to move on to high school, finding meaningful ways to serve others as the focus of the morning.
During Friday’s middle school service-learning afternoon, DCD’s Green Club met with Adam Jankauskasfrom City Compost to learn about the process and benefits of composting. Currently, City Compost is working with over 2000 homes and businesses in Massachusetts to collect food scraps and process this material into finished compost.
Patriots Player stops by Special Olympics practice at DCD
Patriots player Obi Melifonwu stopped by DCD for the final Special Olympics flag football practice of the fall last Monday, a thrill for the five seventh-grade boys who have been playing with the team all fall as volunteers! Neil Burmeister, Willy Connors, LJ Gage, Owen Hotra, and Gabe Salfity made it to all the practices, which took place on Mondays this fall from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on the front field at DCD.
DCD Middle School Student Evan Michaeli Takes a Stand Against Plastic Bags
DCD seventh grader Evan Michaeli is a testament to the impact that young people can have on the issues affecting our planet. Evan founded the school's student-run Green Club along with his brother Drew, a sixth grader, and eighth grader Matthew Volfson. An ardent environmentalist, Evan recently presented his views about the environmental risks of plastic bags to the Town of Dedham's Sustainability Committee.
DCD’s Cradles to Crayons Event Helps 955 Boston Area Kids!
Teaming up with Cradles to Crayons on Saturday morning February 2, DCD families came together to sort and organize all of the donations the school had received from the community for its month-long clothing and toy drive to benefit children in the Boston area. DCD has had a long-standing relationship with the Cradles to Crayons organization with our middle school students often spending their volunteer afternoons working at their facility in Brighton.
Stories of Service Shared in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
On Friday, January 17, the DCD community came together for its annual day of service in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. The day began with two presentations from adults who talked about their experiences and the need they felt to serve others.
Kids Helping Kids: Grade 2 Students Hold a Walkathon for the Global Center for Glycogen Storage Disease
For their MLK Jr. Community Service Day project, second grade students held a Walkathon to raise money for the Global Center for Glycogen Storage Disease. This charity is particularly meaningful to DCD since Maren Ouellette, first grader and sister of Avery in the second grade, was diagnosed with this disease when she was 10 months old. The center does critical research and provides treatment to those with GSD.
Eighth grader Kathryn Cloonan gains valuable lessons in philanthropy
At a recent assembly, eighth grader Kathryn Cloonan gave a presentation on her experience last summer workting at Youth In Philanthropy, an organization for teenagers who are looking to make a positive impact on their communities.
Every student from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 contributed items to DCD's annual Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive, together filling 24 large bins containing all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including pies and homemade bread. DCD donated the food baskets to the Dedham Youth Commission (DYC) for distribution to local families.
The rescheduled Nothing but Nets shoot-a-thon on Friday, May 13, was successful in raising $870, the highest yearly total raised to date, to send mosquito netting to Africa to help stop the transmission of malaria. Over the past nine years, the shoot-a-thon has raised a total of $6,000.
Students pledge to take action in honor of Earth Day
DCD students celebrated Earth Day this year by writing out their Earth Day pledges on paper leaves, which were then attached to paper trees displayed around the school on Earth Day. Each student pledged to protect the earth by doing one small thing to help.
Every student from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 contributed items to Dedham Country Day School’s annual Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive. Together they filled 21 large bins containing all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including pies and homemade bread. DCD donated the food baskets to the Dedham Youth Commission (DYC) for distribution to local families.
During the week of November 2-6, DCD students and their families collected Halloween candy to help Operation: American Soldier in a partnership with Chestnut Dental, located in Needham and Franklin, Massachusetts. Middle school volunteers sorted the collected candy by type (hard candy, sticky candy, chocolates) and then prepared these treats to be mailed to our soldiers overseas along with toothbrushes and toothpaste from Chestnut Dental. More than ten 10-lb bags of candy were collected and donated.
As a community service project, a group of Middle School students organized a school-wide Winter Coat Drive, collecting winter clothing for children in need. On Friday, November 13th,students representing all grades at DCD and their parents, delivered donations made by our school community to the Cradles to Crayons' Giving Factory in Boston and stayed for an afternoon of volunteering.
Did you know that DCD composts and uses it in the community garden? We recycle milk cartons, cans and bottles, and classroom paper in order to reduce waste. On April 22, in honor of Earth Day, DCD highlighted our community's continuing efforts to support our environment and minimize waste with a Food Waste Awareness Event.