The Foundation for a Meaningful Life
Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA

Service Through Travel

Fay students develop a passion for service—on and off campus.

Dedicated service is one of Fay’s core values. Our students learn early on that it’s important to make a positive difference in the world, and this perspective is intrinsic to how we see ourselves as members of the global community.
Service learning is part of the program at every grade level, but in Upper School, our students leave Southborough for weeklong service adventures that are life-changing opportunities to experience the world in a brand new way:
Seventh graders visit different locations in Massachusetts to work on hands-on projects focused on nature conservation, homelessness, elder care, and food sustainability, volunteering at nonprofits such as the Lisnow Respite Center, the Natick Organic Community Farm, and the Lyman Reserve.
Eighth graders spend the week in New York City, where they collaborate with the nonprofit Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP) to provide assistance to some of the city’s neediest residents. They prepare and serve food at soup kitchens around the city; weed and harvest at community gardens; and work at a day care center serving children whose mothers are incarcerated.
Ninth graders visit the Dominican Republic. They spend the week in the city of Monte Cristi, where they work with the nonprofit Outreach360 to teach English to local schoolchildren.
    • Watch this video, which was created by Derek, a ninth grade boarder from New Jersey, after his class' trip to the Dominican Republic.

Something has really stayed with me since our departure from New York. All the people we helped, all the friends we made, all the food and water we gave out, all the love will mean nothing unless we decide to make it mean something. I learned so much about the world around me and how important it is to give of myself.” -David, 8th grade