Due to the impending snowstorm, there will be NO COMMUNITY SKATE at Rivers on Sunday, January 20.
Service Learning, seen as an integral part of the Rivers community, is coordinated through the Alan J. Bernon Family Center for Community Outreach and Service. The center was established in 2007 to recognize Mr. Bernon for his significant involvement with Rivers as a trustee as well as his life-long commitment to community service. In 2012, Rivers was recognized as the first place recipient of the annual award from The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education for its “outstanding relationships with community agencies” throughout Massachusetts and the world.
The outreach program at Rivers is based upon the belief that each student has the potential and responsibility to be an educated, contributing member of society. Through school, class, and individual endeavors, a student has the opportunity to learn about the challenges facing our local and global neighbors and to take part in a variety of outreach activities designed to meet existing needs within these communities. Those who discover a particular interest are encouraged to make a difference by volunteering. Students will learn from and reflect upon their service experiences, striving for partnership with those who have needs in the spirit of ‘doing with, not doing for’ those with whom we work.

Service Learning in the Curriculum

• 6th Grade humanities focus on water; students teach about water issues in the community
• 7th Grade humanities “The world through Story.” Research, action plans
• 8th Grade Civil Rights Unit
• 9th Grade service days
• Sages and Seekers, matching students and elders in writing and Storytelling through the 10th Grade English curriculum
• 11th and 12th Grades Community Engagement opportunities as part of science, language and interdisciplinary classes • Speak Chinese with elders, conduct health surveys, teach English to mothers in ESL program, intern in non profits

Meet the Service Learning Team

List of 3 members.

  • Katharine Cunningham 

    Director of Service Learning, IDS
  • Laura Brewer 

    Humanities, Performing Arts, Middle School Service Learning Director
  • Rachel Costello 

    Spanish, Performing Arts, MS Service Learning Asstistant

Service Learning News

List of 2 news stories.

  • Jackie Benjes '20 at the Family Services Institute

    Service Opportunities Abound

    As Rivers students settle into the new year, the Upper School service clubs have been popular choices for co-curricular activities. Students looking for ways to get involved in community issues need look no further than the summertime commitments of their classmates for inspiration. For a number of students, the summer months provided the opportunity to volunteer at local non-profit organizations and build relationships with others in the Metrowest community. They worked with a wide range of people—from preschoolers at an immigration service center to patients at a VA hospital.
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  • Serving Dinner recently at the Pearl Street Cafe

    RISE Day Combines Action and Education

    On Monday, April 30, Rivers’ sophomores took a break from classes to devote to RISE Day, the culmination of a yearlong service-learning program designed to encourage personal growth and the development of leadership skills through service. Students spent the morning off-campus volunteering at seven different non-profits before returning for lunch and an afternoon service project packaging thousands of meals for End Hunger Northeast. Rounding out the day were presentations on various service opportunities by classmates and upperclassmen.
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