Service is a natural result of our concern for one another. MFS offers a wide variety of service learning activities throughout each school division. All students are supported in finding a place for service in their lives and student-suggested activities are welcome.
Goals of Service Learning at MFS
- Learn how to identify and meet community needs.
- Be cognizant of the underlying structures that create societal problems and to reflect on how those structures can be changed.
- Develop or work with programs that address the identified needs and understand the context of the needs.
- Recognize that those receiving service should be involved in the development and review of the service.
- Reflect on both the outcome of the service and the internal experience.
- Share reflections in some way with the broader community.
In order to graduate, students must engage in a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service during their Upper School years. Ideally, students concentrate their efforts on one area or placement. Upper School Service Coordinator Gail Barna helps students find service placements and certifies completion of this requirement.
In addition, students may work toward their 50-hour requirement by enrolling in service-oriented minor courses.
Service Learning Courses
Hospice and Healthcare Service Learning
This course is designed to promote awareness of the needs of families, patients, and caregivers facing difficult healthcare or end-of-life decisions. Students work with residents of Lutheran Home, supporting staff in their efforts to enhance quality of life for the elderly members of the community. The course also discusses how to provide support for family and community members who are managing the hospitalization or grieving process. Students examine the societal context of providing services to families managing grave health care concerns, and the tensions within society around provision of these services. Guest speakers include Samaritan Hospice service providers.
Hunger in Our Backyard
Students enrolled in this minor course accept the challenge to recognize, understand, and do what they can to alleviate the problems of hunger and poverty right in their own neighborhoods. Service Hours are allotted based on quality of class service projects.
This minor course provides students with the opportunity to organize and support all-school service events and food drives. Participants offer new ideas for how to support the community. Up to 20 service hours may be awarded for participation in this course.
Lower and Middle School: Jacob Greenberg
Upper School: Gail Barna
All-School Service Support: Priscilla Taylor-Williams, Chester Reagan Chair; Melissa McCourt