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Service Learning at Mapleton Jr. High School

By Sunni Holmberg, student of MJHS
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Mapleton Junior High School’s Service Learning class started five years ago and has already changed the lives of many--both the students and the members of the community that they have served.  Mrs. Robyn Card, the teacher of this class, provides the opportunity for kids to learn the benefits and value of service. This class is truly out to make a difference in society and the lives of others – especially those who take the class.

Each year the Service Learning class does around fifteen large projects including food drives, campus clean up, helping meals on wheels, making blankets for local police to carry in their cars, sending handmade children’s books to Uganda, recycling, sponsoring Mapleton Jr. High dances, helping the Mapleton City Library with books, a Christmas project and much more.

“Lend a Hand” is the theme for this year and that’s exactly how we intend on spending our semester. Service Learning is a chance to learn to become a leader, a hard worker, and the joy of giving back to our community. The class also reads the book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey.

Some of the requirements for the class include completing twenty hours on a personal service project called “The Power of One.” This assignment allows each person to plan, carryout and reflect on what one person can do to make a difference in the lives of others. Each student also takes pictures and individually tells the class about their project and explains how it has affected them and the lives of others. No one leaves Service Learning without a bigger smile and an even bigger heart. It is a fun class that can really make a difference in your life.

Generous Donation Helps Special Needs Students at Mapleton Jr. High School.

MJHS Self Contained Special Education Behavior Students

On Thursday August 25th a generous donation was presented to the Nebo Foundation on behalf of Ms. Jo Edan Parker at Mapleton Jr. High School by Keith Nellesen. The substantial $1000.00 donation was a gift from the Nellesen Family Foundation and was presented to help offset costs in the Self Contained Special Education Behavior classroom at Mapleton Junior. The money will specifically help fund the cooking program and other basic needs such as classroom furniture, fieldtrips and additional positive reinforcers. There are currently 9 students in the class that will directly benefit from this donation.
Ms. Parker stated that she was happy to receive the donation, because she had previously shouldered personally the costs of the cooking program at MJHS. With the added funds she will be able to maintain this important program at a satisfactory level.

Mapleton Jr. High Announces School Community Council Elections

Mapleton Jr. High Announces School Community Council Elections

Mapleton Jr. High School will be
holding School Community Council elections for the 2011-2012 School year on
September 20th through September 22nd. Parents or Guardians of students attending MJHS
are eligible to be elected. If you are
interested in becoming a candidate for an open seat on the council, pick up
information about the election in the front office of the school or speak with
Mr. Nate Whitney at 489-2898 or e-mail
by Friday September 16th 2011.
For more information about School Community Council and its role within
MJHS visit