Elementary & Middle School Students Learn the Value of Community Service

| July 15, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUtlfWT_YpY

Kim Loughlin, Bement School admission director, shares the importance that Bement places on the teaching of gratitude and service. Bement's a co-ed, junior boarding school located in Deerfield, MA.

Bement teaches students that giving back requires doing through the dedication of one's time and effort. It is a perspective that emphasizes the practice of service. Gratitude and service may begin with a donation, but they only come to fruition when one dedicates time and labor to a cause beyond oneself.

For four years, Bement ninth grade students have traveled to the Dominican Republic to live in a boys orphanage for 7-10 days- as Loughlin explains, giving of themselves in age appropriate ways: playing, learning to write their names, reading books.

The trip creates a transformational experience so lasting and powerful that Bement alumni return to participate.