Morgan Park Academy’s longstanding commitment to service was on full display during our all-school Service Day for the fall semester, involving students and teachers from Pre-K to 12th grade.

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Upper School students left campus for a host of projects all over Chicago. They painted a mural, cleaned up a forest preserve, and worked with retirees, elementary students, families of hospitalized children, men and women who are homeless, artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and single, pregnant women in need.

Thank you to Smith Village, WE Day, Burr Oak Elementary School, Ronald McDonald House, The Arts of Life, The Well of Mercy, and Franciscan Outreach for allowing our students to give back to their community!

Seventh- and eighth-grade students did their service work early, gathering books in the weeks before Service Day for donation to Open Books, an organization that redistributes books to schools and nonprofits across Chicagoland. In exchange, Open Books waived their customary fee for everyone in both grades to spend Service Day at a creative writing workshop!

Sixth-grade students worked on campus, raking leaves and cleaning up the greenhouse in our school garden.

Fifth-grade students made fleece blankets for donation to the men, women, and children experiencing homelessness at Pacific Garden Mission.

Fourth-grade students made tug toys to send to the dogs in Houston-area animal shelters that were displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

Third-grade students wrote thank-you notes to people who provide services in our school and in the community.

Second-grade students made placemats for seniors served by Meals on Wheels. They also held a read-a-thon that raised $600 for hurricane victims through One America Appeal. The read-a-thon lasted for a full 45 minutes of silent reading, which is no small thing for second-graders!

First-grade students put on their gardening gloves and got to work in the preschool playground, picking up rocks and trash to make it nice for the littlest ones in our school. They had fun and really worked as a team!

Kindergarten students made seasonal greeting cards that they will deliver to the residents of Smith Village when they visit for Halloween.

Pre-Kindergarten students painted bricks that they will use to section off a part of the preschool backyard to grow a “kindness garden.”

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