Members of the Buckley community have long been dedicated to service. Thanks to their commitment and involvement, the school has been able to make its community service program more meaningful and impactful with each passing year.
Upper School community service is a Buckley graduation requirement. Presidential Service Awards excluded, the school does not track the hours of service a student completes. We have found that in tracking hours completed, it is easy for people to lose sight of the experience of serving and the foundational lessons learned from that experience. That’s why Buckley Upper School students complete a project of their choice each year. This project-based approach helps students identify a cause they are passionate about and focus on the impact they are making, rather than on logging required hours.
A dedicated group of Upper School service leaders, the Community Service Council (CSC), are available to help students choose and plan their annual service project. CSC members present community service project options at an assembly in early October. Students can also develop independent service projects. These projects often grow out of community involvement near home, with an organization the family supports, or one in which the student has a special interest.