Service Learning

Above all else, Gilman School seeks to help boys grow into men of character. We believe that the qualities of honor, leadership, dedication, and service to others must be emphasized and reinforced through all aspects of the school community.Gilman School Mission

Boys at all ages participate in community service projects, collecting non-perishable food items for the Donald Bentley Food Pantry and toys and clothing to benefit Metro Kidz and Our Daily Bread, making peanut butter sandwiches for the homeless, shooting baskets in Hoops for Habitat, reading books to raise money for various charitable organizations, supporting the annual American Red Cross Blood Drive, or participating myriad other activities throughout the school year.

The Lower School raises more than $25,000 through its yearly Read-a-Thon. The Middle School requires that students complete 20 community service hours during their three years in that division. In the Upper School, each student must complete a minimum of 50 successive hours of consistent involvement in one community service project outside of Gilman as a requirement for graduation.


Raised through annual Lower School Read-a-thon



community service hours required for Middle School boys


successive hours in one outside project required for Upper School boys

Ongoing Projects

Academic Programs

A key strategic goal is to find areas in the curriculum to seamlessly integrate service learning at age-appropriate levels, ensuring that our students not only participate in community service, but also understand the importance of community service in their lives and the lives of others.

Volunteer Opportunities

Service Learning News

Hoops for Habitat Raises Excitement and Money

Touted by Director of Service Learning and math teacher Donell Thompson, Jr. ’91 as “the most lit occasion” of the school year, Middle Schoolers enjoyed a fun-filled Hoops for Habitat fundraising event in the Old Gym on Tuesday, February 22.


Learn more about student requirements, partner organizations, and scheduled opportunities in each division.

Learn More

To learn more about community service at Gilman or to explore ways our boys can support community efforts, please contact:

Donell Thompson '91

Director of Service Learning
ext. 620