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

Freshmen and seniors are encouraged to engage in the community service club or any of the service projects offered during the year. In addition, freshmen participate in service activities through their "I Am Change Project" in English class. 

Sophomores are required to document a minimum of 20 hours of community service, outside of regular class time and class trips. Requirements are as follows:
- At least 10 of the service hours must be completed for organizations or groups outside of Dawson.
- At least 10 hours must be completed by the end of the first semester.
- A minimum of 10 hours must be completed at one agency.
- Students may propose community service projects to the Community Service Coordinator.
Juniors are encouraged to continue participating in community service, but are not required to do so.

Upper School Community Service Day engages all students in 9th- 11th grades in service projects. The projects range from hosting Special Olympics to performing outreach to the homeless teens in Boulder, or performing trail maintenance.

Forms to propose community service projects, and to report community service activity, can be found by clicking on the Academic / Program Documents & Information page.

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    Laura Denton 

    University of California at San Diego - BS
    University of Colorado at Boulder - PhD