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 Community Engagement Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Katharine Cunningham

    Katharine Cunningham 

    Director of Community Engagement, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Photo of Laura Brewer

    Laura Brewer 

    Humanities, Performing Arts, Middle School Community Service Coordinator