Hamden Hall is committed to creating a culture of social responsibility, stewardship, and global awareness among its students at all grade levels. Furthermore, in preparing students for the challenges of life, we believe that each one has a responsibility to give of themselves for the benefit of others. As such, Community Service is a valuable part of The Hamden Hall Experience.
Throughout the year, we provide many opportunities for the students to reach out to the local community. The students may perform community service projects with their classes as a whole or with just a few friends in their own free time. They are also strongly encouraged to follow their own individual cause.
School-sponsored activities include our annual Stuff A Bus, which helps feed 500 families in need through Hamden's Keefe Community Center, and Earth Day, during which all divisions participate in various undertakings and programming. In addition, the Lower School participates in monthly community service projects.
"It's part of our mission at Hamden Hall to teach students social responsibility. Each of our service projects throughout the year helps our students do this in a developmentally appropriate way," said Lower School Director Lorri Carroll.
In the Middle School, community service is built into the curriculum. Students prepare and serve meals in what is knows as our Life Is Delicious community service project for a local homeless shelter. Since the program’s inception during the 2011-2012 academic year, 3070 meals have been served. They also help maintain urban gardens in Greater New Haven.
Many of the Upper School's community service projects are sponsored and coordinated by Hamden Hall's chapter of Interact, a Rotary-sponsored youth service program that is recognized throughout the world. Other efforts are coordinated by Peer Leaders, the American Red Cross Club, and many others.