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.
Students in grades 9-12 left campus to volunteer with our longtime friends in Calumet Public School District 132. Working at Burr Oak Academy, Burr Oak Elementary, and Calumet Middle School, they painted a mural, cleaned up campus, decorated for a festival, and worked with students of all ages.
Students in grades 6-8 began the day with an extended morning advisory period in which they discussed the value of service to our community and our world.
After watching a segment from “The Homestretch,” a documentary about Chicago youth who are experiencing homelessness, they collected supplies purchased with the proceeds from last spring’s walkathon and built hygiene kits for Teen Living Programs and Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.
The day concluded with a kickball game to celebrate raising donations for Kickball for a Home, a program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption that raises money to help find adoptive homes for children in foster care.
Fifth grade focused on water conservation, making signage and posters of ways to conserve water to post at home and in school. Partnered with the organization Water for Sudan, this had tie-ins with the novel they are reading in class and the world region they are studying.
Fourth grade wrote letters to their pen pals at Smith Village retirement community. Students will visit soon to deliver their letters and spend time with their pen pals.
Third grade wrote personalized letters to thank community helpers and MPA helpers.
Second grade created placemats for Meals on Wheels recipients and, along with first grade, participated in the St. Jude Math-a-thon, a math game that raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Kindergarten earned money to buy books for donation to children in need.
Pre-K brightened the campus with their “Love Rocks!” project, painting small rocks with positive messages and scattering them around campus for the MPA community to find!