Continuing a Tradition of Giving Back in a New Way

Even a pandemic can't hold our Dwight community back from taking positive action for the greater good!

Over the past eight months, finding community connections and meaningful action through difficult times have become more important than ever. When our third annual School-wide Service Week arrived, our Dwight Lions were ready and eager to lend a helping paw!

While the tradition’s structure looked different from past years, Lions of all ages participated in activities designed to support our local and global communities. Embodying the IB’s commitment to service, creativity, and action, everyone put their hearts and energies into the week-long event. 

Together with students, Kate Zolotkovsky, Director of Service Learning and CAS & SA Coordinator, organized activities that families could participate in together at their own pace. We’re proud that a number of these student-driven initiatives were sparked into existence with the support of The Dwight School Foundation in our very own Spark Tank.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the following Service Week activities:


New York Common Pantry: Brown Bag Lunches to Help Feed New Yorkers

Following Dwight’s long-standing partnership with New York Common Pantry, community members made 990 brown bag lunches from home — far surpassing our goal of 200! — which were delivered to NYCP to provide meals to homeless and hungry New Yorkers.

Corner Sessions: Student-led Benefit Concert for COVID-19 Relief

Seniors Justin Chen and Marlowe Clarke, whose live musical performance concept, Corner Sessions, was born last year, collaborated with students from other Dwight campuses on a recent fundraiser concert supporting COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and The Dwight School Foundation. Our community continued to view the concert on YouTube, share it, and donate to the causes during Service Week, helping to significantly exceed the original fundraising goal! 


Following Dwight’s long-standing partnership with New York Common Pantry, community members made 990 brown bag lunches from home — far surpassing our goal of 200! — which were delivered to NYCP to provide meals to homeless and hungry New Yorkers.

Sole Purpose x Dwight School: Helping Homeless New Yorkers Get Back on Their Feet

Founded by Ross Brodsky ‘21 and Alex Goldenberg ‘21, Sole Purpose collects, restores, and donates new and gently used sneakers and socks to homeless New Yorkers via established community outreach programs and their own distribution events. In honor of Service Week, Sole Purpose held a donation drive, donated 150 Purpose Packs of sneakers and socks to the NY Common Pantry; and hosted an event on Service Day outside St. Paul & St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church on the Upper West Side, where they distributed 180 Purpose Packs to individuals — and drew the attention of CBS News!


 

Pitch in and Pick up: Litter Cleanup at Parks, Trails, and Beaches 

Following the overwhelming success of the Class of 2023’s International Coastal Cleanup event last month, community members took to the outdoors during Service Week, collecting  an estimated 50 pounds of trash from city streets and parks. Thanks to their efforts, the Big Apple is a little shinier now!