Meaningful community service is crucial to Maumee Valley’s mission. Our students are enlightened, compassionate, and contributing members of our community. The Middle School service learning program teaches students civic responsibility and the value of public service and building relationships within their own community.
Over the course of the year students learn about issues that affect the Greater Toledo community, such as homelessness, poverty, literacy, and health. Equipped with this knowledge students devote themselves to researching local issues on which they are passionate, designing materials to educate others about the cause, and acting on their civic responsibilities through service.
As a result of these community relationships, students simultaneously lend a helping hand while bonding with one another. Students also have the chance to get to know one another outside of the formal classroom and have the capacity to create new memories as they support one another and their community.
The range of service opportunities remains within the Toledo area. The Middle School has created lasting relationships with several organizations and returns with new students every year. Many students continue to work with these organizations beyond Middle School. Some of the organizations that we work with are as follows:
- Cherry Street Mission: students assist the Mission in any way possible. Common tasks include preparing and serving food, packing boxes for guests, and other jobs. Students learn to respect and appreciate their things as they work with the under priviledged.
- Glendale-Feilbach Elementary: Located just two minutes down the street from MVCDS, Middle School students offer their help by tutoring younger students with their studies (math, language arts, science). Students bond with each other and create a “big buddy” with students that is beneficial both ways.
- Wildwood of Toledo Metroparks: students offer their services to nature by assisting park rangers in a variety of jobs. Based on the need of the park, students help minimize invasive species, collect seeds, clean up trash, etc.
- University Church Garden: This 8-acre urban garden is dedicated to “utilize the land we have available for the good of the community” and spreading awareness of poverty in the Toledo area. Students assist in a variety of ways depending on the season and the garden’s needs.
- Genesis Retirement Village: Due to the close proximity of the Village, students walk just across the street to participate in service. Students assist the elderly and the staff by landscaping, participating in activities with guests, setting up events, etc.