Middle School Service Learning

Service Learning in the middle school provides opportunities for students to explore a wide variety of service agencies with a goal toward finding where their passions lie.

Grade-Level Service – Aligned with Curriculum:

  • 6th grade – weekly visits to a head start program where seven languages and cultures are represented. Aligns with 6th grade humanities study of cultures and countries.
  • 7th grade – Weekly visits to the Multnomah Village Meals on Wheels/ Loaves and Fishes to serve lunch to seniors. Aligns with one of our essential competencies "I connect" and encourages students to "recognize and respect perspectives beyond their own."
  • 8th grade – weekly visits to Blanchet House to serve lunch to homeless citizens. Aligns with history and contemporary issues curriculum of global hunger, how to think globally and act locally.

Each 8th grade student plans and participates in two Service Action Plans per year. They must write a proposal, possibly a grant application, and carry out their plan.

Service Learning Days:

Students sign up for an agency in one of the following categories:

  • Hunger/homelessness
  • Environment/sustainability
  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Animals

Students are in cross-grade groups (6, 7, 8); faculty and parents work alongside students for three hours, three times per year.

All-School Events:

MS students join those from other divisions (Lower and Upper Schools) for school-wide efforts:

  • Mt. Hood Climb Service Day

For more information, please contact Phillip Craig, All-School Service Learning Coordinator.