Student Life & Services

Community Service

Dawson creates a culture that values compassion, cooperation and respect by encouraging students to make a personal investment in the well being of others. Students are encouraged to engage in service that will stretch them to develop new perspectives, kindness, and tolerance that they can then share with the other members of the Dawson community.

The result is more than 4,000 hours of service to more than 100 programs and projects.

Lower & Middle School

All students have the opportunity to be a part of age-appropriate service projects that may be organized by individuals, groups, or the Dawson community service program. Many are open to students, parents, and family members, as well as faculty and staff. One may participate as an individual, small group, class or school. Projects vary from year to year and range from fundraising and collection drives, to volunteer for meal serving, clothing collection drives, food sorting, home construction, and art projects.

Upper School

All upper school students are encouraged to engage in community service, and to document their community service hours. Students with personal interests often initiate and organize drives and events over the course of the school year.

Sophomore students perform at least 20 hours of community service  over the course of that year as a graduation requirement, and as part of their "I Am Change" culminating project in English class.

The Wolf Scholarship provides a unique opportunity for Dawson students to write grant proposals to create and fund domestic or international community service projects. Click here to learn more about the Wolf Scholarship.

Students who perform exceptional amounts of community service are honored by school at Upper School Awards, Graduation, and with other forms of recognition.

Students who would like to propose or coordinate a community service project for Dawson should reach out to Laura Denton, Upper School Community Service Coordinator,