Being an eighth-grade student means considering one's role in the community differently from when in earlier grades.
There are more opportunities to build a sense of belonging beyond the familiar roles of student or athlete. Shady Hill asks eighth-graders to consider their roles in the communities around them and to participate when opportunities arise whether as servers at the New Parents' Dinner, partners to younger students, or leaders of a middle school "POD" group. We embrace the idea that leadership is not a position, but an activity.
Another community-service project underway is the Tot Lot Clean-up. For years, Shady Hill classes have helped rake leaves and plant bulbs in the Tot Lot, a small neighborhood playground on Memorial Drive, just a short walk from campus.