Making Minds Stronger

#MakingMindsStronger: More than Just Hitting the Books
Posted on 10/03/2018

From Mrs. Deb Haag, MMS Principal Four years ago, Mexico Middle School teachers decided they would like to design and implement a day of service for our students. After all, #MakingMindsStronger is more than just academics. After much planning, our students volunteered during the week of Thanksgiving, a perfect time to celebrate how thankful we are for the community of Mexico. Sixth graders participated in service that could be done at the middle school. Seventh graders served anywhere within walking distance while 8th graders were given the opportunity to take a bus to serve.   

There is much power in teaching kids the gift of service. Students were on their best behaviors, and teachers took pride in the successes of our students; it was heartwarming. You see, when we serve others, we find a greater purpose than just thinking about ourselves.  Research tells us that helping others actually releases endorphins from the brain, creating positive feelings and giving a person a sense of accomplishment and hope.

MMS has since determined a day of service would become an annual tradition. Then, in June 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers, coached by our own Ty Lue, led his team to a NBA Championship. Mexico honored him by establishing a community day of service in his name.

On Thursday, October 4, 2018, Mexico will celebrate the 3rd Annual Tyronn Lue Community Day of Service. The students and teachers of Mexico Public Schools are all serving in some way throughout the community. At MMS, students will work at the Help Center, visit nursing homes, read to elementary children, make care packages for those in the military, paint the fence at Simmon’s Stables, and clean up local parks. MHS students will write letters to veterans, recognize district staff, and complete landscaping around the school. Our elementary schools are also taking this opportunity to learn about service and help our community by working with local services, like the Animal Shelter and Angel Wings, as well as writing cards and hosting food drives.

Can you imagine how many endorphins will be released this week? Mexico is sure to be covered in hope from the Ty Lue Community Day of Service! You should know, this day is not just for kids. You can participate as well! As a matter of fact, we are encouraging you to find a way to serve during the day. If nothing else, think about picking up a piece of trash on the street, donating to a local agency, or saying “hi” to everyone you see. Mexico has a strong history of service, and being part of a school district that understands the importance of community service makes the students, faculty, and staff awfully lucky!