MRH to Host Million Minor March in Downtown St. Louis
The Maplewood Richmond Heights (MRH) High School and the Big Return St. Louis are starting an epidemic of goodwill. Both are inviting St. Louis area schools to do acts of kindness in their communities. To commemorate these acts, a celebration event called the “Million Minor March” will be held in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, May 5, 2012 beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Soldiers’ Memorial and ending in a rally at Kiener Plaza.
To be part of the activities, schools must do one small (or tremendous) act of goodwill such as volunteering at a food pantry, planting a tree in a park, teaching a neighbor to play guitar, or raising money for causes. The goal is that each school does a creative, unique, and meaningful project for their school or community.
The idea for the program came from MRH high school students’ Cornerstone class after reading The Tipping Point, a book about social change and how change happens. Central to the MRH mission is that the district will “inspire and prepare students as leaders, scholars, stewards and citizens.” These four concepts are the “cornerstones” of the district.
Additionally the MRH High School is guided by its metaphor “school as apprenticeship” and is viewed as a living way to incorporate the goals of students with the cornerstones that are seen as essential to the growth and development of students as strong citizens. The “school as apprenticeship” program transforms the school’s beliefs about society and the responsibility of citizens into actions that demonstrate the commitment to a well-rounded student body deeply concerned with the world around them.
“We’ve invited all St. Louis area students to join us in this historical march in downtown St. Louis,” said Patrice Bryan, MRH high school Cornerstone teacher. “We want to show everyone in our region the youth in our schools are a force of positive change on this planet.”
According to Bryan, the district has verbal commitments for 300 to 400 participants for the Million Minor March. “It could be anywhere from 20 to a million, but we hope it’s closer to a million,” said Bryan.
At the celebration march on May 5, the three organizations and schools with the most registered, t-shirted recruits at the Million Minor March will be honored at the rally for creating the biggest waves of goodwill.
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For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.