We give back. And we learn from it.
The Bement School is a community partner dedicated to making meaningful contributions to society—both in our backyard and around the globe. Part of our students’ education is understanding their individual role in maintaining a sustainable and peaceful planet, and then putting those ideas into practice.
Through our ongoing partnership with Historic Deerfield and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA), we are in constant and meaningful collaboration with the wider community. Pine Hill, our outdoor education center, is a gathering place for community members. Our Bridge Grant provides full funding for students who can’t otherwise afford Bement. Our students have recently volunteered at organizations just as Service Net and Stone Soup Cafe. We are always looking for new ways to contribute to our local community.
We have an ongoing commitment to community service, including our annual Supper for Six food collection drive with the United Way of Franklin County. Since it's inception in 2010, we have collected over 2,200 bags and 55,000 lbs of food. Students have toured the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, and they have collected and delivered new and gently used books to the Reader-to-Reader program. On the international level, our students have raised funds for people in need after the earthquakes in Japan and Haiti and flooding in Cambodia.