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School-wide Community Service Day

On September 30, 2022 the Choate Rosemary Hall community participated in an annual day of service. This all-hands-on-deck day involves the entire school community, illustrating Choate's commitment to community service. Students, faculty, and staff volunteered their time at local organizations as well as environmental work on campus. This year’s theme is Service Work is Justice Work, emphasizing the importance of serving the greater community to advocate for access, equity, and human rights. 

Over 1000 volunteers participated with many traveling throughout the greater New Haven area to serve at locations such as Masonicare, Meriden Humane Society, Wallingford Food Bank, Loaves and Fishes, North Haven Diaper Bank, Muddy Roots Farm, and several others. Some teams of volunteers stayed on campus to remove overgrowth and invasive species in specific locations, including The Kohler Environmental Center. At the Worthington Johnson Athletics Center, Dr. Katharine Owens, Entangled and Ingested artist, also led Choate volunteers in creating a life-sized portrait of species harmed by plastic pollution out of un-recycled plastic waste. Additionally, several members of the campus community walked nearby cleaning trash from local Wallingford main streets.

Our school's tradition of service, dating back over 100 years, began with Rosemary Hall's Kindly Club (1912) and The Choate School's St. Andrews Society (1913). Choate's day of service has gone by several names over the years: Project Day, Community Day, and most recently, Community Service Day. The title may have changed, but the intention remains clear: As stated in the Strategic Plan, “We will develop good character in our students and promote respect for equity and fairness, responsible citizenship, wellness, and an innovative and positive approach to the future.” Character development opportunities such as community-wide service initiatives establish an enduring commitment to the greater good.