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MRH High School Students Participate in Service Project at VFW
Two years ago the students participating in Semester of Service started a new project at the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post (VFW), in Richmond Heights. At that time, Maplewood Richmond Heights High School received a $5,000 grant to improve the VFW. The students accompanied by Patrice Bryan, Service Learning Teacher, made improvements on the building such as new floors, paint jobs, gardening and updating a retaining wall. This project was very expensive and the grant was only $5,000, so for no cost, Home Depot provided the rest of the materials, and skilled laborers joined the improvement project free of charge.
The students still return to this location periodically throughout the school year. On September 11, 2013, which is National Day of Service, the students returned to the VFW to clean up the grounds, fix the garden and apply paint where needed, one place being the railings.
Bryan is proud of her students who continuously offer to help with this project completely voluntary. “Whenever I need help with a service project, I never have to target the students, they all jump forward whenever an opportunity is presented,” said Bryan. “Through our service learning projects we are trying to develop the MRH service heart and apprenticeship background for the high school students.”
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.