Service is an important part of the GFS experience and embodies one of our core values, "Be Compassionate." Each year, service projects are conducted throughout campus, like the Lower School's annual food drive for Our Daily Bread, the Middle School's canned food collection for a local food pantry and our ongoing partnership with the Baltimore Hunger Project. The Upper School participates in the Annual Day of Service, where they participate in numerous service opportunities throughout the community.
Service is also engrained within the co-curricular experience. During World War II, Garrison Forest students founded Service League, and ever since, students have been engaged in meaningful, student-led community outreach. Service League does programs from Lower School through Upper School and supports a number of causes, both local and global.
The Elsie Foster Jenkins ’53 Endowment Fund for Community Service program supports Garrison Forest’s Service League community outreach program, brings noted community service leaders to campus to speak and sponsors the Jenkins Fellows Program. Named for School President and community leader Elsie Foster Jenkins ’53, the fund was created in her memory in 1999 by her family and friends. The Jenkins Fellows Program funds five to six Garrison Forest students to do summer community service projects around the country and globe. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors create their own project or connect with an existing program, apply for funding, and, if selected, perform the in-depth service project of their choice. Since 2005 when the program began, over 70 GFS students have made a difference in international and U.S. communities.