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For the past quarter century, CSEE has been recognizing outstanding community service programs in K-12 schools. Each year we acknowledge programs that best demonstrate an annual theme. 

2016 Award Theme Announced: Meaningful Partnerships with Community Agencies

Deadline for Applications: Monday, February 8th, 2016 


2015 Award Theme: Empowering Students Through Service

CSEE’s 2015 recognition program for exemplary practice in service looked for descriptions of independent school elementary, middle, or high school service programs that stand out for the way they are “empowering students.”  We looked for programs that pass the reins of service to students and work to build student leadership, student engagement, student confidence and competence.

First Place: Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter, New Hampshire
Head of School: Thomas E. Hassan
Community Service Coordinator: Elizabeth Reyes

In light of this year’s service award theme, Empowering Students, CSEE was thrilled to see that Exeter students wrote and submitted their school’s application. The Exeter Social Service Organization, or ESSO, is student run and thus gives students great autonomy and a plethora of leadership opportunities. ESSO is led by a hard-working board of 9 students, with guidance from two staff members. These students are responsible for putting on an annual assembly, organizing an interest night, strategic planning, oversight and accountability, and training the club heads. Read more about the winner

Second Place: Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
Bethesda, Maryland
Head of School: Catherine Ronan Karrels
Upper School Director of Social Action: Lauren Brownlee
Read more

Honorable Mention: Flintridge Preparatory School
La Cañada, CA
Head of School: Peter Bachmann
Upper School Director of Social Action: Heather Clark
Read more


Archive of Past Community Service Award Recipients

The 2016 Award theme is Meaningful Partnerships with Community Agencies. Please fill out the below form and attach a PDF or Word Doc, formally answering: in what meaningful way(s) does your school partner with one, or multiple, community agencies? Supporting documentation (photos, news clippings, letters) are also welcome. Please email these to, or mail to: CSEE, PO Box 19807, Portland, OR 97280. Awards should be received at CSEE by midnight EST on February 8th, 2016. Award honorees will be notified in mid-April, via email and letter. Applicants must be currently at a CSEE member school. Call 800.298.4599 with any questions.


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