Letter to the Class of 2023 - Freshman Service Day and Service Learning
Dr. Mara Dougherty
Dear Freshman students and families:
For those of you who do not know me, I am Mara Dougherty. This is my sixth year teaching in the Science Department at Mullen HIgh School and I recently assumed the role as Director of Service Learning. Service learning is how students at Mullen live out the core principle of Concern for the Poor and Social Justice. As part of this, first year students will be introduced to service by attending a one day immersion trip. About half the students from the class of 2023 took part in the Freshman Service Day this fall. The remainder of the students will begin to serve at Senior Support Services in Denver starting next week. With the exception of the January 21st trip, students will attend a pre-service meeting in the weeks leading up to service and should expect to attend their first period class on their service day. Students will be notified of their service day when a packet of information is delivered to them at school. Included in this packet is the Immersion Registration Form and the Parent Authorization for Student Activity and Travel. A student may not attend the Freshman Service Day without these forms signed and return to Dr. Dougherty prior to the immersion trip.
For those who already went on their immersion trip, you were introduced to service learning at Mullen and our “mission” of supporting our twin school St. John Baptiste de la Salle School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As a Mullen student you are required to complete 70 total service hours, 50 serving marginalized groups and 20 serving your own Mullen community. We use Mobile Serve (https://mobileserve.com/) to track your service hours. Students should have logged onto Mobile Serve after their immersion trip to log their hours for service. In case you did not, the class of 2023 group code is A407F2 and instructions for logging hours can be found on the Mullen website on the Service Learning page. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or come to my classroom, Room 206.