The stories my boys brought home about volunteering with the elderly had me in stitches. Their companion didn’t want to do the assigned project, but to tell stories. My sons ended up looking forward to the outrageous stories their older friend wanted to share.
Volunteering part of the school day to partner with the elderly is just one of the many quiet ways the Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, CT weaves service into the curriculum. These lessons resonate, attaching compassion and personal connection to the idea of volunteering.
The students walk to combat world hunger and gather food for local food pantries. Upper school students offer to mentor younger students. Students volunteer their spring break for a service trip to help various communities. It is a steady underlying theme that the students absorb during their time on campus. “Life through Service” is the school motto — a lesson well taught.