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First Annual Rock the Community: A Day of Service in Honor of Emily Fisher


September 19, 2012

Contact: Karen Anderson
Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Over 200 Bard College at Simon’s Rock Volunteers Participate in Community-Wide Day of Service

First Annual Rock the Community: A Day of Service in Honor of Emily Fisher

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA— On Saturday, September 29, Bard College at Simon’s Rock kicks off its first annual Rock the Community: A Day of Service in Honor of Emily Fisher. The event was established to celebrate the leadership of Emily Fisher, Chair of the Board of Overseers of Overseers, for her commitment to both the College and the community more broadly.

Over 200 students, faculty, and staff will volunteer approximately 530 hours of service to 17 different community projects. Volunteers will span out to sites from Sheffield to Lenox.

“This is just the beginning,” explained organizer Karen Advokaat. “Our goal is to grow the program and add many more host organizations over the years.”

Simon’s Rock students have a long history of volunteering at a variety of sites in the Berkshires. Organizing all of the programs under a single umbrella will reinforce the importance of community service. Rock the Community will help introduce new students to the area they will be calling home for the next few years and bring greater exposure to the breadth and depth of service initiatives the College supports.

Fisher, who steps down as chair at the end of the academic year, will continue to serve on the board.

Rock the Community will serve the following sites, among others:

Berkshire Botanical Garden
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
Community Garden
Fairview Commons
Greenagers: Housatonic River Walk
Greenagers: Lake Mansfield
Greenagers: Appalachian Trail
Greenagers: Sheffield Land Trust-Cosgriff Property
Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School
Interpretive Trail and Simon’s Rock
IS 183 Art School of the Berkshires
Letter writing to service men and women
The Nature Conservancy
Project Native
Railroad Street Youth Project 

About Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Bard College at Simon’s Rock ( has been a leader in educational innovation for more than 40 years. The first early college, Simon’s Rock is the only residential college in the country specifically designed to let bright, highly motivated students start college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree after four.