As teachers and as parents, we take pride in helping our children mature into thoughtful and caring global citizens, engaged with the world around them and eager to help others whenever and however they can.
It’s especially great to get unsolicited testimonials from other people about our students, as was the case with our recent Service Day and Global Experiential Week activities.
Sophomores in Ms. Berkey, Ms. Concannon, Ms. Drown, and Mr. Lee’s advisory groups worked as teacher assistants at Burr Oak Academy in Calumet Park on Service Day. They cleaned the playgrounds and tutored Kindergarten through 5th grade students in math, reading, Mandarin, Spanish, physical education, and bilingual education.
“I commend you for the manner in which your students interacted with our students,” Burr Oak’s principal wrote. “Morgan Park Academy’s mission statement states that the Academy ‘prepares the global leader of tomorrow to make a positive difference in the world.’ Today, thirty-three of your students reflected your school’s mission and made a difference for 840 students.”
Mr. Kowalsky and Ms. Danielewicz’s juniors picked up litter in the Kickapoo Woods that day.
A park visitor who met the group emailed us to express his gratitude for their service, calling them “excellent examples of engaged young people.”
And perhaps most heartwarmingly, we heard from a mom who met our fifth-graders at the International Youth Hostel during Global Learners Week. She said our students (pictured above) were warm hosts for her and her young daughter, welcoming them to join them for dinner and games.
“It was really a lot of fun to be around such great children who were insightful, funny and just overall great kids,” she wrote. “It was a wonderful way for me and my daughter to spend a great evening.”