Morrison Academy’s philosophy, core values, and Vision for our Learners all include the idea that our students will be engaged with the world “outside of the school walls”. In 2010, our middle school Bible department began to implement a Christian Service Learning component at every grade level. Middle school students are particularly eager to explore new ideas and experience new challenges, and the Christian Service Learning program is specifically designed to enhance this uniqueness. Students will be engaged in personal, active, compassionate, and informed service to their local community during each of the school’s six scheduled half-days. The Christian Service Learning program is enriched with in-depth, practical teaching on relevant Biblical principles and personal reflection.
On Friday March 14th, 2014 the Grade 8 students went to the Amazing Grace Deaf Bakery for our final CSL event of this school year. At the bakery, we worked side by side with deaf workers folding boxes and filling them with cookies, cutting onions and crying as we prepared them to be put into a recipe, moved boxes and cleaned and organized in the basement, cut and packaged and froze margarine for future baking, and invested hours cutting up figs into quarters to go into bread later. We had a great morning working together with the Deaf Bakery employees.
This May, our middle school got to serve at a special CSL event called the “I Am a Hero” games. Although the name might sound a bit like a game of comic heroes and villains, the purpose of this event is to help those with disabilities gain confidence, take part in real competition, and become a HERO!
Here are some reflections by the students for this trip: By Gabe R.: Today we went to the Home of Love. It was kind of scary at first for me because I didn’t know what to expect from the people there. In the end I enjoyed it a lot and getting to know the people […]
We went to Huei-Ming School for the Blind. It was a return trip for many of us. Most of the students were already gone for Chinese New Year break, but one class of students were still at the school. We walked with them, and several of their teachers, to Family Mart. They go there regularly […]
Josh: I really enjoyed the Deaf Bakery this year. I felt like this time I really got to bond with/ become friends with the workers than on previous trips. It felt really good to help them carry boxes, make bread, scrub sweet potatoes, make boxes and much more. Although some were annoyed by this morning, […]
I think that the trip to the blind school was very interesting. We got to “ learn “ braille and kind of use it to spell out names and our numbers. I thought it was amazing how blind people could use the computers. The special computers looked complicated to me, but they probably had no […]