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Students hold up banner they created for the Red Bank Crop Walk


Do Good

At RCDS, service opportunities are more than items on the well-rounded child’s checklist. Service is infused in the school culture. The RCDS Service Learning Program is born from our core values, The Four Pillars (Kind, Honest, Responsible, Respectful), and integrated into our students’ educational experience.

The Service Learning Program
We participate in a roster of activities that support local programs, including the CROP Hunger Walk, Meals on Wheels, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Holiday Express and Lunch Break. Our students notice our Parent Council facilitating opportunities to give back to the community and they absorb the energy created when young RCDS alumni return to campus each summer to volunteer with the Horizons Student Enrichment Program.

The Service Learning Elective
Available for Upper School students, the Service Learning Elective provides opportunities to recognize the needs of others, help solve problems and share positive experiences with those in need. Students taking this elective typically make regular visits to The Atrium, an assisted living facility; The Harbor School, a school for special needs students; and our Early Childhood Education Center on campus. 


Upper School boys collecting rice and beans for Crop Walk

“Service opportunities make you realize you can be part of something bigger. The RCDS Service Learning Program allows us to volunteer for a wide variety of organizations. Whether it be sharing a joyful moment or providing food for the hungry, helping people in need or animals that need rescuing, we bond together for a good cause. It’s pretty awesome.'”Finn Carton
RCDS Class of 2021

22-23 Service Impact by the Numbers


Books donated to Bridge of Books Foundation - the largest donation they have ever received from a single source!


Thanksgiving dinners delivered to Horizons families.


Handwritten notes sent to make someone's day.


Feminine products donated to Family Promise.

1,628 lbs

Pounds of rice and beans donated to the Red Bank Crop Walk.

195 lbs

Pounds of Legos collected for Lego Replay to share the power of play with kids in need.


Hours devoted to make connections with students at the Harbor School for special needs students.


Cookies decorated and delivered to Saturday Soup Kitchen.


Bags of debris removed from beaches during Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps.

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