A Message from Superintendent Pero: Students Make a Difference by Volunteering

Our students are remarkable in so many ways. One of the things I am most proud of is our students’ willingness to dedicate their time and energy to help others in need. During the 2017-18 school year, Pittsford middle and high school students completed an astounding 33,060 hours of community service.

During this season of thanks and celebration, I want to acknowledge our students and the many lives they touch through their service to others. With the District’s guiding mission to “work collaboratively to inspire and prepare our students to be their best, do their best and make a difference in the lives of others,” it is easy for us to think of that as an end goal. However, the tens of thousands of community service hours completed by PCSD students in one year’s time tells us that our students are living that mission every day and are making a significant difference in the lives of others.

Here is how those community service hours break down:

Volunteer hours pie chart

  • 120 Barker Road Middle School students served 86 organizations while logging 3,400 community service hours

  • 136 Calkins Road Middle School students served 79 organizations while completing more than 3,600 volunteer hours

  • 377 Mendon High School students helped 272 organizations by volunteering approximately 14,500 hours

  • 228 Sutherland High School students supported 260 organizations by volunteering approximately 11,500 hours


Common community service activities our students have completed include:

  • Supporting individuals who suffer from cancer, blindness or disabilities

  • Holding food drives

  • Participating in activities to support the homeless

  • Mentoring younger students through athletic and extracurricular activities

  • Providing counselor and mentor support for local organizations

  • Providing senior living support

  • Assisting with medical research and hospital support

  • Participating in Habitat for Humanity residential projects

  • Completing Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts projects that benefit the community

Some unique community service activities our students have completed include:

  • Providing entertainment to senior residence homes through Music for Love, a student-run group

  • Providing education and water sources to developing nations

  • Participating in mission trips to help ecosystems in fresh water lakes around the world

  • Teaching English to refugees and students in Poland

  • Building wheelchair ramps for a local hospice house

  • Providing supplies for hurricane victims

  • Engaging in activities to support inclusivity

  • Painting positive and encouraging messages on “Kindness Rocks” to distribute in the community

Our students embody the meaning of giving back to community. As we enjoy this holiday season, I give thanks and celebrate all the wonderful ways they make a difference in the lives of others. In following their example and finding ways to support our neighbors in need, we can each contribute to a better community and a kinder world.