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Boulder Spotlight: Service Learning is Off to a Great Start

IMG_3232Service Learning is in full swing for Mack-Boulder students, both on campus and in the community.

Over the past few weeks, students have ventured off campus in the new ETVs (Experiential education Transportation Vehicles) to learn and serve. As part of their IB unit on the importance of community, the 4th grade toured the There with Care facility and learned about the ways the organization supports children and families with critical illnesses. The students decorated grocery bags which There With Care will use to deliver food to families. (In November, the 4th graders will host a pancake breakfast at Mack to raise money to further support There With Care.) The IMG_32312nd graders traveled to Harper Lake as part of their IB unit involving nature; in addition to studying the flora and fauna, they cleaned up enough garbage to fill two huge bags. Last week Middle School Franklin and Goodall Houses traveled to help out at a local food bank.

IMG_3063On campus, students have learned more about recycling and composting at Mack, they dug up invasive weeds, they helped create a pollinator house, they built a rustic outdoor classroom, and they learned about what’s in the stream that runs through campus and how to become better environmental stewards of it.IMG_3228

Thanks to the generosity of the greater Mack community, which enabled the purchase of the two Experiential education Transportation Vehicles, Mack-Boulder students will be able to more fully live the motto: Keen Minds, Compassionate Hearts, Global Action.