Middle School Community Engagement

The Middle School Community Engagement program supports Menlo’s commitment to teaching students to become ethical, responsible, and engaged members of ever-wider communities and to develop a sense of commitment to purposes larger than themselves. The program exposes students to significant social issues and empowers them to take action.

Knights in the Community Service Week

A full week of immersive community service learning programs includes hands-on global service projects and field work in the local community, along with guest speakers and curriculum.  Learn more in this KnightLine article about the first Middle School Service Week.

Invaluable Experience

La Vina Lowery, Middle School Director, shares that the program, “allows us to bring community speakers on campus, develop thoughtful curriculum, and help and support schools, organizations, and the environment outside of Menlo. It is more important now than ever before to teach students that everyone’s well-being is interconnected and that the students have the power to make a positive change.”

Other Community Service Learning Opportunities

Service trip to Taos, NM (optional); Special Olympics; Menlo Family Service Day; Peninsula Bridge Fun Run/Valpo Bowl


About the Coordinator

Marisa LaValette
mlavalette@menloschool.org 650.330.2001 extension 2485

Marisa has served Menlo School since 2012 as middle school Spanish teacher, 6th grade advocate, Community Service Learning Coordinator, and yoga instructor. Marisa majored and minored in multiple languages at Georgetown University and refined her approach to sharing her love of language and culture with students at the Klingenstein Summer Institute.