Community Service

An important part of an Asheville School education is learning the value of community and service to others. During their time here, students engage in a variety of service, first in projects on campus and later in the greater Asheville community. Along the way, they work with classmates, faculty members and community members, both young and old, and gain valuable insight into themselves and others.

Through the school's commitment to service, students learn that volunteerism contributes to their becoming responsible and compassionate citizens.

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Service by Forms

Third Form students learn that service begins at home. Working in teams and with the guidance of faculty and older students, they take on projects designed to improve the school community. Projects include nature trail maintenance, recycling, landscaping and gardening, composting and painting.
Fourth Form students move into the greater community, volunteering with agencies and organizations that serve varied populations of the greater Asheville area. Students may participate in a wide-range of volunteer options including things like working in food panties, at retirement communities, taking part in river clean-ups, or serving on the Student Climate Lobby-- a student-led group that learns more about real-world climate issues and solutions and contacts elected officials.
In addition to having an option to serve as a leader for Third Form service activities, Fifth Form students choose an independent project and engage in at least 40 hours of sustained volunteer commitment to a single organization or cause. Work may be done locally, in the student's home community or abroad. Upon completion, the student writes a 750-word essay about the experience and submits it to a faculty committee.
Sixth formers have the option to serve in a leadership role, leading Third Form service groups. Many also choose to volunteer throughout the year, taking part in service options organized by Asheville School's Director of Service. Several seniors are members of Mitchell Cabinet -- the oldest student organization on campus. Mitchell Cabinet has funded relief projects for the Red Cross, Save Darfur, and many others. Two annual blood drives, Angel Tree toys at Christmas, CROP Walk to fight world hunger, Student Food Drive (MANNA), and other projects are among the work of Mitchell Cabinet.