"Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time."
- Marion Wright Edelman
Community Service is central to a Wooster School education. Lifting the human spirit and helping transform the world into a more hospitable planet underscores the basic values taught at Wooster. In harmony with both the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam - to heal, repair, and transform the world - and the Christian tradition of loving one’s neighbor, Wooster asks each student to participate in community service activities.
Understanding that we all share this earth, service to others allows students to expand their awareness of the needs of others, gain a greater respect for all life, and become an integral part of the collective responsibility to give back to society.
Valuing other people means we must give our time and talent to make lives better. To that end, every Wooster student is required to engage in work that provides support to others, to reflect on that work, and to communicate the lessons learned to others in the community. Wooster sponsors a variety of service opportunities designed to bring members of the PK-12 community together.
Three times per year, students and parents are encouraged to help prepare care packages for the Midnight Run. Volunteers make hot soup, prepare bagged meals, and sort clothes for delivery to the homeless in New York City. In November, the community launches a Turkey Drive to benefit the Daily Bread Food Pantry and the Hispanic Center. In December, a holiday drive collects and delivers gifts and clothing to the Hanahoe Children’s Clinic and Family and Children’s Aid.
Throughout the fall and spring families can volunteer to help pick up garbage along Wooster’s Adopt-a-Street, Miry Brook Road. In addition to these opportunities, Upper School students may volunteer to attend a school sponsored Urban Work Camp. This five-day trip brings a small group of students to inner-city Philadelphia where they help build houses for community-wide organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. In addition, they cook a hot meal for the homeless and spend time with recovering addicts at a local rehabilitation center.