Last week was exciting as Middle School headed out on a very special field trip. This was not your typical field trip, though. Instead, students were tasked with learning the value of mentorship, generosity, and kindness.
During our school-wide “Love Matter Most” event, we mentioned that some of our middle school put together bikes for “Wish for Wheels”. Students helped each other piece together the bike kits for 30 new bicycles that would find homes with kids who might not otherwise ever see a new bike in their lives.
The exciting part came when the middle schoolers found out they would actually get to drop off the bikes to their intended recipients. The fact that they would get to see the smiles, the joy, on the faces of these kids, that made the work even more worthwhile.
So, we headed out. teachers, students, excited at the prospect. What we didn’t expect was that some of these kids may have wished for a bike but this was their first bike ever so they didn’t actually know how to ride a bike. Now, middle school students not only became the proud builders of 30 bikes but they became teachers and guides to 2nd graders who had never learned to ride on their own.
Mr. Russell Palmer, middle school teacher said this about the experience, “I have to brag about my middle schoolers for a brief moment here. They were absolutely amazing teachers for these 2nd graders. They were so patient and kind, and encouraging. They talked to the kids about their favorite foods and favorite video games and tv shows. The best part though was how well they taught the kids to ride who had never ridden a bike without training wheels before. I did this a couple weeks ago with a group of teachers and we weren’t even HALF as good as my middle schoolers were with these kids. The children will lead the way! At Mile High Academy we are empowering our students to be teachers and leaders, and giving them opportunities to show examples of love to everyone they meet…just like Jesus did. That is just how we “roll”.”
And it’s true, our students step up. They know that expectations are high and they reach for it, touch that bar because our teachers say they can. Our students step up because every day they see others step up in front of them, modeling and sharing and mentoring right alongside them.