Preparing Boys for Life

Upper School

Student Service Board

The Student Service Board oversees the Upper School community service program; students take the lead in organizing, recruiting, and running all aspects of each project.

Past projects have included walks/runs in support of various charities; trail cleanup and farming; one-on-one tutoring, sports coaching, music lessons, and after-school programs; meal preparation and serving at local shelters and Ronald McDonald House; job support for homeless veterans; Special Olympics; and more.

Empty Bowls

The signature Upper School service event is Empty Bowls, during which students from The Haverford School, The Agnes Irwin School, and The Baldwin School make hand-crafted ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls Supper. This program is integrated into the curriculum in Lower, Middle, and Upper School, educating our community on the challenges of hunger, poverty, and homelessness. Each bowl is sold along with a ticket to attend the supper, which raises money for hunger organizations.

Curriculum integration

Service Learning is integrated into our art, English, science, math, history, and language curricula, focused on engagement and building partnerships with local and global community-based organizations and schools. This provides real-life context to what students are learning in the classroom.


The Haverford School lacrosse eldernet donation

Lacrosse players collect and deliver food to Eldernet.

The Haverford School Service Learning Upper School

The crew team works at CSA Rushton Farm as part of its pre-season practice.

The Haverford School turkey drive

Upper School boys collect turkeys at Thanksgiving for those in need.

The Haverford School Service Learning Upper School Project HOME

On Friday evenings, Haverford boys tutor children living at Rowan Homes, which provides housing for those who were previously homeless.