How can we make a habit of helping others and positively impacting our local or global community?
Service Learning at MKA encourages students to become active, positive agents of change in their community and to recognize how developing a habit of service not only helps others but also shapes their own character development.
Upper School students have the opportunity to join one or more student-led CSIs (Community Service Initiatives), raising community support for various organizations (such as Habitat for Humanity; Helping Hands; and Polished Girlz, a group that paints the nails of girls with cancer) and promoting awareness throughout the student body in student-designed presentations.
As the culmination to their Middle School experience, 8th grade students plan the annual 5K run/walk to raise funds for a cause that reflects their focus of study and service since 6th grade–such as funding projects in Newark and Paterson schools through donorschoose.org.
Throughout the Pre-K / Third Grade Buddies curriculum, students donate farm produce they have picked themselves, along with their proceeds from selling handmade weavings, to Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair. Second grade classes, in conjunction with their Town Study, walk to Toni’s to pack backpacks for the backpack program.
Community Service Initiative (CSI) Leaders