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Service Opportunities

World Food Week  

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES AT HMS

A portion of our vision statement states, "we encourage students to be reflective, caring, and responsible servants for Christ in the global community."

In order to fulfill our purpose of teaching students to be servants, a variety of opportunities are given to students, both on and off campus, to carry out acts of service.  Here are a few examples:

World Food Week

During World Food Week in October, the student council plans a project or two for the student body that focuses on hunger awareness or poverty both locally and globally.  One project usually involves collecting money for a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) food project.  This year over $500 was donated to MCC for food relief in Gaza and West Bank.  Bags of non-perishable foods were also collected for a local food bank.  Since Grandparents' Day is also celebrated during this week, grandparents are also invited to contribute to the projects.  An assembly is also held where a speaker from a local organization that works with food or material aid educates the students on hunger awareness both locally and around the world.

Serve-a-thon

Hinkletown holds a serve-a-thon each spring in conjunction with our spring fundraiser.  While students take pledges for contributions to the operating expenses of the school, the main focus is on getting the students out into the community to serve in a variety of organizations.  Classrooms have worked for church camps, the S. June Smith Center, retirement communities, Friendship Community, the Material Aid Resource Center, did roadside clean-up and have also worked on the HMS campus planting flowers, painting and other grounds work. This day of service helps teach students to give back to the communities they live in.

Grade Level Service Emphasis

Students also get involved in service tasks around the school.  They run the recycling program, assist teachers as requested, create bulletin boards or perform any other jobs teachers find for getting them involved in helping the school. Students in all grades also learn about service through our Anabaptist Bible Curriculum, Journies With God. Older elementary students partner with younger students as reading buddies and assist them once a week by reading to them or listening to them read.