Students in Calhoun's fifth grade leadership class worked with the Upper School's community service class and Students in Action club to complete a painting project for Mott Haven Fridge, an organization that provides accessible, fresh food to communities around the Bronx.
Inspiring students to take action
Calhoun’s community service program is designed to foster compassion and respect for others while inspiring 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 have the opportunity to be social advocates and activists. Students learn early on that they have the power to make change, and service learning sets the stage for them to take action. While students from every division participate in school-directed service learning projects and activities, Upper School students are required to complete a minimum of 60 hours of community service.
Calhoun has cultivated partnerships with a number of organizations across the city, giving students the opportunity to explore causes that speak to them.
Our goal is that engaging in one’s community starts at Calhoun and continues throughout a student’s life.
Sixth graders participated in a Mutual Aid Project, experiential work that encapsulated Calhoun's progressive values and connected students to their community.
Middle and Upper Schoolers gained real-world experience with advocacy, rallying on the steps of City Hall in support of foster youth before meeting with local representatives.
The Upper School Community Action class partnered up with Kids for Positive Change to develop community outreach projects addressing environmental and social justice issues. Learn more.
Students in the Upper School Community Action class are inspired to lead change in their communities — both in and out of the classroom.
Calhoun Lower School students and faculty observe a day each year called Cooper’s Troopers Day of Service, to honor the memory of a beloved classmate, Cooper Stock, who died on January 10, 2014 in a tragic car accident at 97th Street.