One of the tenets of BCD’s mission is to foster responsive and responsible citizenship among the students. The Middle and Upper School years are marked by group events and activities designed to further develop students’ sense of responsibility to themselves, to the school community, and to the community at large.
There are a number of opportunities to become involved in community service projects, and to advocate for issues and actionable support for personal causes through our Service Learning model.
Service Learning is based on the belief that all great service is rooted in one’s capacity to care deeply about an issue. Our approach to Service Learning encourages students, using the adults in the community as mentors and facilitators of their ideas, to identify issues they are concerned about and research ways by which they can make a difference. When a devastating hurricane hit Haiti last year, BCD students sprung into action, raising money by holding a talent show, sewing receiving blankets, collecting pennies and donating the proceeds from their dance and theater performances.
BCD students give service weekly at St. Stephen’s Table in Pittsfield, participate in a Holiday Gift Giving program with various community organizations focused on children and families, raise money for UNICEF, support Juvenile Diabetes with an annual walk, annually gather fleece jackets and warm outerwear for children in Nepal and soccer equipment for students in Haiti, and participate in such community fundraisers as Walk for Construct and the Josh Billings Runaground.