Two years ago students from the Messalonskee Student Council approached me with the idea of changing our traditional one day Spring Fling (mostly a “fun” day) into a 1/2 day Spring Fling and 1/2 Day of Caring. Along with a push from our staff, this move began Messalonskee’s focus on service to our school and communities. This year our student body participated in events such as working at the homeless shelter, local nursing homes, our school greenhouse planters, our school gardens, the animal shelter, cleaning up local trails, working at each of our elementary schools, and more! It was a truly amazing morning.
The new “M” on the hill by the athletic fields. Amazing work by our greenhouse crew!
Messalonskee’s graduation requirements were modified just after the new year to include a mandatory 40 hours of community service for graduation. This effort along with events like the Day of Caring, our implementation of YES (year-end-studies), and teachers’ efforts to incorporate service learning into their courses have helped to embed service into what we call EAGLE PRIDE. I couldn’t have been more proud of what I saw from so many of our students yesterday. Below are just a few of the pictures from the day!
If you know of ways to support the community and get students involved in meaningful service, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at school. Together we are graduating the next generation of citizens. I am confident they will go forward and continue to help our communities remain the wonderful places that they are!