GCDS is dedicated to making a difference in our surrounding community and around the world. With support from our students, staff, volunteers, and dedicated program leads we have created a rich and impactful service program.
Statement of Purpose:
► To nourish our innate desire to make the world a better place,
► To learn about society and its needs, and
► To be inspired to take action.
“Service to others has been core to a Greenwich Country Day School education since the school's founding. Our community cares deeply about the core values established in TIGER PRIDE and immersing students in the work of serving a larger community.”
- Jen Donnalley, Director of Center for Public Good
Partnerships for the Center of Public Good are an avenue to help us identify and target the greatest needs within our community. Our ongoing relationships with key local organizations allow us to participate in meaningful service work year-round.
Student Led Initiatives
Student Empowerment is an integral part of our service program. Teaching our learners to be empathetic and then encouraging them to think critically about their role within their communities is where the passion for change begins. As a result of this approach, many of our projects are student-initiated and executed.
The Center for Public Good offers four grants to be awarded annually. GCDS students (grades 6-12), GCDS faculty and staff, and GCDS alumni currently enrolled in higher education may apply for a grant by completing this application form and submitting it on or before January 16 of the current year.
- Guiding Legacy: A lifetime of public service promoting peace, citizenship, service, and patriotism.
- Purpose: To support work in government, health and human services, disaster relief, and humanitarian aid.
- Applicants: GCDS students Grades 6 - 12, Alumni in higher education
Jon Bates, Upper School Math Teacher, Coach, and longstanding leader in Environmental Efforts.
- Guiding Legacy: A deep, abiding, and joyful regard for our planet, guiding a lifetime of dedication to preserving the wonders of nature.
- Purpose: To support work in conservation efforts, environmental immersion experiences, research projects, and advocacy work.
- Applicants: GCDS students Grades 6 - 12, Alumni in higher education, Faculty and Staff
Jack Jepson, Upper School History Teacher and Coach, has led educational international trips for Ninth Graders and their parents for more than 25 years.
- Guiding Legacy: The energetic, authentic, informed, and personal pursuit of understanding and engagement in other cultures.
- Purpose: To support student work and learning of cultures through immersion and exchange experiences. Recipients will document/share their experiences with GCDS peers.
- Applicants: GCDS students Grades 6 - 12
Pat Young, founding Headmistress of the Stanwich School, whose leadership and commitment to service has inspired faculty to share their "Stanwich Heart" across the globe.
- Guiding Legacy: A deeply held commitment to enabling teachers to share in the joy of service.
- Purpose: To support work in health and human services, disaster relief, and humanitarian aid.
- Applicants: GCDS Faculty and Staff