Perkiomen School's community strengthens its bonds to each other and the world through an inspiring program of community service.
Perkiomen School believes that integrating service into students’ everyday lives is essential to their educational experience. To that end, through our student activities and service learning programs, students have a wealth of opportunities to choose from to become involved in both the local and global communities.
Each year, students run several on-campus drives and fundraisers, such as a community blood drive, Hearts for Haiti, a Thanksgiving food drive and a holiday toy drive. Locally, students volunteer at the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley, races, Open Line and the Community Thrift Store. Students work in the greater community by volunteering at SHARE, Philabundance, Cradles to Crayons and Habitat for Humanity in Philadelphia. On campus, students help out in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, tutor peers and participate in campus clean-ups. The personal interests of students also help forge new partnerships with communities across the globe. Students have participated in community service trips during breaks to help expose our community to the needs beyond.
An important component of each Upper School student’s education is accomplished through fulfillment of the Community Service Learning requirements. This aspect of Perkiomen’s program provides opportunities beyond the traditional, academic classroom experience. Each student is required to complete six hours of community service each year. Three of the six hours are completed on campus or in the local or greater community. The remainder of the hours are completed in the community, or may be completed during breaks, either in the student’s community or through service trips with proper documentation.
Special consideration will be given to student service projects that exceed the six hours per year requirement. Questions concerning long-term projects should be directed to Dana Heimbach.
Community Service Learning requirements are accounted for and maintained through the Community Service Program and the Advisory Program, and count each year on a pass/fail basis; students must pass to move on to the next grade level.
Seniors who have completed the 24-hour requirement by the first month of school are exempt from completing the six hour per year requirement.