School Wide Outreach

Each year, the entire Rivers community participates in:

    • Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit food pantries in local communities 
    • Bi-annual Massachusetts General Hospital Bloodmobile Blood Drive 
    • Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament 
    • Annual Faculty service day (Pine Street Inn, Rosie’s Place, A Place to Turn) 
    • Winter Clothing Drive 
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Fund-raising Servathon to benefit Rivers Givers

Students also collect and donate: (may vary from year to year)

    • medical and baby supplies for the Romanian Service Trip 
    • cellphones for soldiers 
    • school supplies for an Afghanistan school 
    • prom gowns and party clothes 
    • gently used books 
    • toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo 
    • other items as needs arise

Student Recognition

Though the many service activities of our students have not been done in search of personal gain and/or favor, there has been recognition of the breadth, depth, and creativity of many. These have included:

  • Parents Independent School League Special Recognition for Community Service Programs 
  • Michigan Conference on Philanthropy “Top 10 Programs” 
  • Governor Deval Patrick’s Philanthropy Board 
  • Columbia Book Awards
  • Presidential Service Awards

Middle School Outreach

In the Middle School, students participate in school-wide activities, classroom-based service learning projects, as well as advisory group activities. There is an active Service Club of interested students who identify current needs and help to design and implement appropriate responses.

Middle School Outreach Activities Examples:

    • Middle School Chorus & Jazz Band performances for senior citizens 
    • Snack preparation for Framingham Civic League Saturday Lunch Program 
    • Organization of the campus-wide annual winter clothing drive 
    • Preparation of holiday gift packs for people who are in need of homes 
    • Environmental awareness and recycling projects 
    • Work at local community farms and wild-life sanctuaries 
    • Red Key admissions tours

Upper School Outreach

In the Upper School, students participate in school-wide activities, grade level activities, classroom-based service learning projects, as well as team and club activities. In addition, each student in grades 9 – 12 is required to complete his/her graduation requirement of at least 30 hours of service in the nonprofit sector before the end of his/her junior year.

Upper School Activities include:

    • Grade 10 Annual Special Olympics Basketball tournament 
    • Grade 9 Annual Boston Food Bank service day 
    • Upper School Chorus, Jazz Bands, and Orchestra performances for senior citizens 
    • Community performances of drama productions for special audiences 
    • Red Key admissions tours

Service Council

For students in grades 9-12 with a special interest in helping, the service council club provides opportunities for students to chose, organize, and participate in hands-on service, beyond the graduation requirement.

Activities include but are not limited to:

    • Sponsoring the annual school-wide Thanksgiving food drive 
    • Work days at Cradles to Crayons, Quincy 
    • Preparing party supplies for Birthday Wishes serving children in shelters in Massachusetts 
    • Rebuilding Together work days 
    • Creating Valentines for veterans at local veterans’ hospitals 
    • Providing support to students and/or faculty who wish to implement a new outreach activity

Afternoon Outreach Program

The afternoon program runs for an entire trimester and is for students in grades 9 – 12 with a special interest in working with others in partnership with a non-profit organization. Students chose their service site based upon their talents, interests, schedule, and locality.
Students complete at least six hours per week of hands-on service, maintain a daily journal, check in weekly with the on-campus supervisor, and complete a final project

A sampling of past placements includes:

    • Perkins Institute for the Blind 
    • Community drama productions 
    • Youth athletic teams 
    • Senior centers