About Missoula Community School
Community at MCS
Missoula community: The city is truly our jungle gym, and MCS strives to provide children with consistent and varied opportunities to explore the natural and cultural richness of our extended community. For example, MCS children learn throughout the year about where food is grown and how it gets to our tables here in Missoula. This unit includes fieldtrips to local gardens, food preparation in the classroom, fall “apple days” activities, and shared monthly “pizza day” meals, in which every child has a role in preparing for and sharing the community meal. In conjunction with this exploration of food, children are introduced to the Missoula Food Bank, just three blocks from MCS, and learn about children in homes where food is scarce and about how our community is responding to their needs. MCS sponsors an annual food drive, and the children deliver the resulting food to the Missoula Food Bank via wagon. Past community-service projects have included packing birthday boxes for the Food Bank, painting the water spray turtles at nearby Sacajawea Park, picking up trash around the neighborhood, and collecting pennies to help a MCS family. Through developmentally appropriate community-service projects, children discover their ability to make a meaningful contribution to the well-being of their extended community, thus fostering empathy, kindness, and a sense of interconnectivity within the community.