The History of Sarah Lyman Day
In 2011, the Alumnae Association established the first Sarah Lyman Day of Community Service for Alumnae, honoring Laurel’s second longest-serving headmistress and the visionary who built the Lyman Circle campus. Since then, the number of projects held in cities, typically on the same day, grew from 2 to 13. Projects ranged from food banks and soup kitchens to park cleanups to mentoring girls to working with agencies focused on women and children.
Laurel School’s longstanding tradition of service is embedded in the School’s fabric and reflected in the School’s mission to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world. The concept of community service, which remains a graduation requirement, has evolved into service learning, a core tenet of the curriculum.