Debbie Havas Aronson '79
Director of Community Service
Calhoun’s community service program is designed to foster compassion and respect for others and to inspire students to become active participants within their community.
Community engagement and social justice are central to Calhoun’s philosophy, culture and curriculum. Students of all ages volunteer, lead service clubs, and learn about social activist and philanthropic causes.
While students from every division participate in school-directed service learning activities, Upper School students are required to do a minimum of 60 hours of community service. Upper Schoolers volunteer at senior citizen residences, day care centers and food pantries; engage in park clean-ups or citywide services projects; or organize their own fundraisers. See examples of service organizations that students have partnered with.
All-School Community Service Events
Harvest Festival and Earth Day are school-wide events that provide opportunities for students to work together in cross-divisional groups in service to the broader community. Harvest Festival projects frequently involve craft-making for local hospitals or senior centers, food pantry collections, or fundraising to support disaster relief. Earth Day focuses on projects related to sustainability, such as tree planting, recycling, or workshops with local environmental organizations.