The Orchard House community extends far beyond our building. Students have opportunities to work with The Virginia Home, Greenfield’s Residences, Rise Against Hunger, the Ronald McDonald House, and various community non-profits through the OH Men program. In addition, many students incorporate community-based activities when designing their Passion Projects as part of the CORE curriculum. By providing intentional space for brainstorming, planning and implementing service activities, Orchard House highlights the interconnectedness of academics and community stewardship while helping students develop a sense of social responsibility. Girls gain tools for authentic reflection in CORE, applying them en route to an understanding of service as a two-way street, remaining open and responsive to communication and critique.