Pursuing Passions and Inspiring Others: Student-Led Projects in the RCDS Upper School

RCDS students pursue their interests with passion, exhibiting student leadership that takes learning beyond the classroom and applies it in memorable and meaningful ways.



Abhinav Kumar '20, co-president of the Asian American Club, led a seminar about coronavirus, debunking myths and encouraging students and teachers to empower themselves with knowledge about the virus and the outbreak from reliable, reputable sources. His presentation also highlighted how people and organizations can help


As part of her advocacy effort to raise awareness about mental health and wellness, Lucie Swan '20 created an informative and affirming bulletin board in the Upper School with information and resources related to mental health. Lucie also organized a dress down day fundraiser benefiting Mental Health of Westchester. Upper School principal Jon Leef wrote about Lucie's project in a recent Leadership Column.


Eliza Fogel '21 was named a Distinguished Finalist in The Prudential Spirit Of Community Awards for her project to improve childhood literacy, "Our Books Your Books," which included coordinating 10 free book fairs at community centers. Collaborating with community partners, Eliza collected 4,000 books and redistributed them to young readers. Eliza's efforts earned her the President's Volunteer Service Award, saluting those who strengthen the nation and communities through volunteer service.