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 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 the documentary “Kindness is Contagious,” they created seasonal cards and placemats that they delivered to local senior living homes, visiting and playing games with the residents.
Students from PreK to grade 5 participated in a host of age-appropriate homeroom activities focused on water conservation.
For instance, third graders learned that a billion people lack clean water, read “The Water Princess,” did a water filtration experiment in science, and walked Jones Bowl with weight on their heads like we read in the story.
In first grade, students learned some good ways to conserve water at home, learned a song called “What Do You Do With a Water Waster?” and made flip books called “Every Drop Counts” that included matching pictures of do’s and don’ts for water consumption.