Posted on February 14, 2018
On Monday, February 12th, Mills Gym, was filled with excitement. The day represented an opportunity for 164 7th-graders to make their learning visible, and most importantly, serve their community. After weeks of planning and preparation, the 7th-graders were ready to deploy the games and activities that they created for 2018 Make A Wish Carnival.
Under the guidance of their teachers and grade-level dean, the 7th-grade students designed and constructed carnival games and activities for children who are served by the Make A Wish Foundation. For several years now, the middle school faculty has dedicated time and effort to helping our students understand their sense of purpose as well as the importance of serving the greater community. According to one middle schooler, "I've been looking forward to this for weeks...because it's an opportunity to serve." The Make A Wish Carnaval presented an opportunity for our students to demonstrate the compassion and empathy that we so often challenge our students to learn and practice. So, it was a joy to see them unselfishly give of themselves in order to see the smile and joy on the faces of children who are experiencing challenges.
While walking through the hustle and unbridled energy in the gym on Monday morning, the smiles on the faces of our 7th-graders brought to mind a quote by Marian Wright Edelman: "Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time."