Leadership and Service
Throughout their years at Buckley, children are offered many opportunities to become involved in projects that show care for others and foster social responsibility. The Buckley community always rallies to help others.
In the Lower School, for example, students in first through fourth grade make toys for the Headstart program during the holiday season. Third and fourth grade students are buddies to Nursery and Kindergarten children. They often read to the younger children and assist them with projects. Fourth graders serve Kindergarten children at lunch everyday and lead the school in the Pledge of Allegiance at our weekly assemblies.
Upper School students embrace the increased responsibilities and leadership opportunities as members of the Buckley community with active involvement in student government and participation in community service events, such as Headstart holiday parties and the clean-up of I U Willets Road. Students have the opportunity to become a student government homeroom representative or to be a red or blue team captain. Every student participates in the Buddy Program, through which students are teamed up with a student in the Lower School for various community activities and bonding opportunities. In addition, students in the seventh and eighth grade can choose to participate in an optional program of community service on the weekends throughout the year, supporting local shelters, soup kitchens and community centers.
In their senior year, students have many opportunities to lead through our musical production, the publication of the yearbook “Scripta," public speaking at our weekly assemblies, and helping to serve lunch daily to the Pre-Kindergarten class in the Lower School.