All Kinds of News for February 03, 2016
Valley View School (MA) students are taught the value of service as part of their developing character. We have generated a culture of service where each student has an opportunity to participate in various community projects and have contributed over 3000 hours of service to our local community throughout the past five years.
The value of service at Valley View comes into play in many ways. Students are offered a choice of service learning opportunities during their enrollment. Typically, our boys participate in regularly scheduled events, which may turn into long-term projects. Currently, 15 of our boys are involved in a weekly after school student mentoring program with local elementary school students. We help the youngsters engage in creative activities, games and recreational experiences for the purposes of learning to work with others while building social skills and having fun.
Other community service projects have included our fourth year working with the fund raising event "Heart for Heat" (raises funds for heat subsidies for those in need), The American Red Cross, The Quabbin Land Trust, "Socks for Siberia" (Russian orphanage), various church food pantries, 4H animal care and animal shelters, and senior citizen events.
Our projects are not limited to our local community, but also may take place on our campus. All Valley View students engage in an annual summer campus service project designed to improve the quality of campus life. This past summer, students took on the mission of landscaping a significant area of the Valley View campus.
Community service projects have offered our students the opportunity to concern themselves with the needs of others. This is a first time opportunity for many of our boys and it is a critical experience for them as they are often entrenched in the moment and have a tendency to think largely about themselves and their own needs. It is when they are exposed to the act of serving others that they can begin to learn the importance of putting others' needs first and thus, they learn the important lessons about how they fit into the world and what it is like to contribute to a problem as part of a solution, which may put their own problems into a better perspective. Valley View students develop a stronger sense of self worth through recognition and positive reinforcement and feelings are generated from making contributions to others without the desire to receive something in return. This character building opportunity is a valuable part of the Valley View student's overall experience.
Valley View School is a therapeutic boarding school fostering the growth of our students through a well developed, integrative program where supportive interventions and high expectations are balanced to create a structured and supportive learning environment. Our campus is rests on 215 acres of rolling hills and forests in the heart of boarding school country and is located 75 miles outside of Boston. Please contact Rick Bulger, Executive Director at 508-867-6505 and email@example.com for more information.