Community Service at MICDS

Community Service at MICDS is an all-school initiative, with opportunities for service in all divisions, beginning in Junior Kindergarten and continuing through Grade 12. Our School focuses on the model of service learning with projects tied to the curriculum, with many projects being student-driven.  Athletic teams, Student Activities clubs, advisories and entire grade levels frequently volunteer together as groups at various non-profit organizations in the St. Louis area.  Students are invited to participate in the President's Volunteer Service Award Program, the premier volunteer awards program in the United States that encourages citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.  

Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School prepares young people for higher learning and for lives of purpose and service.  To that end, the School and Community Service Committee believes that students can and should serve toward the common good of the community.  MICDS believes that students who have given service to others at School, in the neighborhood, and in the city, are better able to develop the skills that contribute to the common good.

Here are some of our service efforts:

Turkey Train
Our annual Thanksgiving community service project is the largest provider of frozen turkeys to the St. Louis Area Food Bank each year, collecting more than 7,500 pounds of turkey and 3,000 pounds of non-perishable food—enough to provide more than 8,000 Thanksgiving Day meals.
Pennies for Peru
Since 2007, MICDS has held an annual collection for the Peruvian American Medical Society, which has used our donations to help rebuild a medical clinic following an earthquake in Chincha, Peru, and subsequently, to purchase a dental x-ray machine and outfit its dental unit.  MICDS students volunteer at the PAMS Clinic in Chincha through the MICDS Peru Service Learning Program.
Helping Hands
MICDS holds an annual holiday school-wide toy drive to benefit the Family Resource Center “Shop for an Angel” project, which helps to provide gifts to more than 1,000 children each holiday season.
Project Play
Across all three of our divisions, students raised money in 2012 for a playground at Northside Community School.
Day of Caring
MICDS faculty and staff take a day out of their normal routine to volunteer at numerous agencies in the St. Louis area.
Pedal the Cause
MICDS has served as a refueling station for Pedal the Cause, an annual bike challenge to benefit cancer research.
Student-driven drives & collections
Students are invited to research issues, educate the community, and organize collections for various causes throughout year.  Recent collections have included toiletry drives for the homeless, Halloween candy and costume collections for pediatric hospitals, bake sales for cancer research or victims of natural disasters, book drives for understocked school libraries in St. Louis, food drives for food pantries or families in need at the holidays, clothing drives, and many more.  The Environmental Club has regular collections of everyday items, such as grocery bags, bottle caps, and aluminum cans, etc. to promote awareness of environmental issues.