Our 5th grade students run the recycling program at Friends School of Minnesota. Daily recycling collection and management is just one way we integrate service learning into school life. Sixth graders run the compost program. Students also rake leaves for neighborhood elders, and work at the Friends School Plant Sale to raise money for tuition aid. Students also go on many field trips that have a service component such as clearing buckthorn and planting prairie seeds. Middle school students can also join the Environmental Action Club. Doing service for their community helps children feel connected and know they can make a difference in the world.
–Steve Moe, 5th and 6th Grade Math and Science Teacher