An important part of an Asheville School education is learning the value of community and service to others. During their time here, students engage in a variety of service, first in projects on campus and later in the greater Asheville community. Along the way, they work with classmates, faculty members and community members, both young and old, and gain valuable insight into themselves and others.
Through the school’s commitment to service, students learn that volunteerism contributes to their becoming responsible and compassionate citizens.
Third Form students learn that service begins at home. Working in teams and with the guidance of faculty and older students, they take on projects designed to improve the school community. Projects include nature trail maintenance, recycling, landscaping and gardening, and painting.
Fourth Form students move into the greater community, volunteering with agencies and organizations that serve varied populations of the greater Asheville area -- from elementary school students, to the homeless and disadvantaged, to senior citizens.
Fifth Form students choose an independent project and engage in at least 40 hours of sustained volunteer commitment to a single organization or cause. Work may be done locally, in the student's home community or abroad. Upon completion, the student writes a 750-word essay about the experience and submits it to a faculty committee.
Unless they are a part of the appointed student leadership team, Sixth Form students are not required to participate in community service. Most do, however, motivated by the spirit of volunteerism and service to others ignited in the lower grades. Several seniors are members of Mitchell Cabinet -- the oldest student organization on campus. Mitchell Cabinet has funded relief projects for the Red Cross, Save Darfur, and many others. Two annual blood drives, Angel Tree toys at Christmas, CROP Walk to fight world hunger, Student Food Drive (MANNA), and other projects are among the work of Mitchell Cabinet.