At OCSI, we value students using their learning to serve others. While the typical school day at OCSI has its opportunities for service (from making a contribution to a class discussion that furthers everyone’s thinking, to managing an athletic team, to helping a visitor find the office), we think this is such a significant goal of student learning that we devote a whole week to it.
We call it M-Week. In place of regular class March 14 – 18, students in grades 6 – 12 were divided into nearly 20 different mixed-age groups where they learned, collaborated, created, and used their gifts to serve:
- Monday began with a kick-off assembly and message from the week’s special speaker, Jordan Escusa, youth pastor, DJ, and voice-over specialist from the Philippines. The rest of Monday students worked with their groups get to know each other, learn about their service project, and prepare for it.
- Tuesday – Thursday, some groups served the OCSI elementary students with athletic mini-camps, with Kids’ Club activities, and as teacher assistants. Some learned about issues like clean water scarcity, creation care, poverty and homelessness and did something to help. Some used their gifts in music, art, and dance to delight audiences. Some served local churches with cleaning and repairs. Some served the elderly, handicapped, and young children by spending time with them.
- Friday morning the groups debriefed, reflected, and prepared presentations on their projects. In the afternoon, all secondary students gathered in the gym to celebrate the week’s learning and service by sharing their presentations. The crowning piece was the video of the week (see above), created by the media team. Many thanks to the media team for using the skills they learned to capture what all the other groups were doing and serve us all by putting together a great video about what OCSI students learned this week about being world changers with God.
Thanks to all those in the community who provided service opportunities for our students. We’re already looking forward to next year.