To graduate from High School at Greenwood, each student must give a minimum of 40 hours of community service, although many of our young students far exceed this expectation. Service helps our students engage with the world and encourages personal, social and academic growth.
Local community projects have included gleaning for the Vermont Foodbank, warehouse work at the Brattleboro Drop-In Center, river clean-up with the Nature Conservancy, trail maintenance, and harvesting at the Youth Agriculture Project (UVM). We also assist elderly neighbors with yard work and shoveling snow — usually with some hot chocolate or ice cream for a reward!
Greenwood is also a member of Putney Student Corps, a collaborative community service organization made up of students, faculty and staff from The Grammar School, The Greenwood School, Landmark College, Putney Central School, and The Putney School.
Small group travel with faculty, including pre- and post-trip workshops, enables students to strengthen social communication and organizational skills. A Junior Trip Leader is chosen for each group, which provides a wonderful leadership opportunity to our students. Groups have traveled to places like Costa Rica, Alaska, Arizona, Iceland and Ecuador.
In addition to providing the opportunity to help others, CONNECT trips teach students about travel and about working collaboratively for a greater cause while at the same time introducing students to different cultures and helping them to develop a broader world view.