Actions not Words
The mind can produce answers and ideas while the heart yields goodness and love. At Mayfield Junior School we seek to bring these things together for each and every one of our students.
Service and giving are a part of Mayfield Junior School’s fabric; they are essential to our identity and an expression of our faith in action. Whether it is bringing food or gifts to families in need during the holidays, creating awareness for shelter animals, or promoting conservation through recycling initiatives, this commitment to outreach and service provides students with multiple opportunities to empathize, take action, and develop a sense of global responsibility.
Our Service Learning Program advances our commitment to this tradition of outreach while integrating academic and contemporary subject matter. Grade level themes come alive in different subject classes, performances, and advisor/homeroom time, and build upon the interconnectivity within the world.
These interdisciplinary experiences are designed to give students both voice and choice as they navigate process, build partnerships in the community, and draw tangible connections throughout the curriculum. When students explore the history of an issue in English or Social Studies, analyze need and outcome in their math classes, or express perspective in art class, they see the scope of real-world problems and gain the skills and information to develop a solution. Classwork takes on a renewed purpose as lessons stretch far beyond the classroom, and learning happens both in the journey and the outcome.
This year the 8th grade has expanded the scope of their service outreach to broaden and deepen the experience by providing more variety in location and number of visits. Groups of students spend Tuesday and Thursday mornings at local organizations such as South Central LAMP, the Ronald McDonald House, Arroyo Seco Preserve, and Good Shepherd Shelter.