Service Learning

Life’s most urgent question is what are you doing for others?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
LS Bulb PlantingThe Princeton Day School mission statement notes, “In academics, athletics, the arts and service, we celebrate the pursuit of individual excellence and the spirit of collaboration that binds us together as a community.”
PDS Service Learning nurtures our students to become responsible global citizens. Service learning erases the “us” vs. “them” approach by facilitating authentic opportunities for developing empathy. At PDS, we support you as you investigate issues to gain a deeper understanding of various problems. You collaborate to develop action plans and build reciprocal partnerships, which leads to a greater sense of your agency in the world. The “us” vs. “them” becomes a collective “we.” As part of the Service Learning program, US students volunteer at least 50 hours across a wide spectrum of diverse pursuits and interests.
Current PDS families can view guidelines in the Parent Portal.

Meet the Team

2021-2022 Service Learning Group Photo

Amanda Briski

Admission Associate, US History

Toni Dunlap

MS & US Computer Science, Service Learning Representative

Marjorie Gibson

Director of Service Learning, LS Third Grade, LS Third Grade

Beth Hatem

Service Learning Representative, LS Second Grade, Service Learning Representative

Elizabeth Monroe

US Dean of Students, US History, Service Learning Representative

Latest News

Service Learning News

Record Number of PDS Service Volunteers in Watershed 'Run for Water'

Service Learning Director Margie Wallace Gibson '84 reports on this year's May 19 Trail Run at the Watershed Institute in support of clean water. For the past three years, one of the ways PDS has explored service learning and shown support for the Watershed is to build a team of runners from the PDS family, including faculty and staff, students, parents and alumni, for the annual 5k and 10K Trail Run and Festival. More than 90 PDS runners have participated in the trail run and festival for three consecutive years,; this year, the PDS team won the award for greatest number of participants representing an organization!

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