As you can see in the video above, I am very excited about MA for MGM, our new initiative to connect MA to the larger Montgomery community in new and exciting ways. Even before the founding of our student community service organization H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Eagles Are Right There) in the 1990s, MA has maintained a focus over the years on serving the Montgomery community. Developing a commitment to service is one of the core components of our mission as a school. Our Portrait of a Graduate states that we seek to develop graduates of the school who will commit to "uniting and motivating others to improve their community." While the ongoing community service efforts already underway at the school will continue, our new "MA for MGM" initiative will enhance our institutional commitment to serving our community and create new ways for MA to be a powerful resource for the Montgomery area. In crafting this new "MA for MGM" initiative, we want to leverage the skills, talents and resources found within our MA family to create opportunities for the community at large to engage with our school. We are hopeful that this initiative will expand MA's footprint in the community, and make sure that the entire Montgomery area sees MA as a vital institution for the health and future of our capital city.
In the months to come, you will start to see some "MA for MGM" events pop up on our campus and you will see an online presence for "MA for MGM" resources as well. Everyone in the MA community is invited to attend the events, but we would also encourage you to invite friends, neighbors and co-workers. "MA for MGM" events are open to everyone, regardless of where their children attend school.
Our first "MA for MGM" event will be held on February 13th at the Lower School. Lower School Director Sarah Housley will give a presentation on early childhood development. We look forward to sharing powerful information on childhood with our audience that will help build the future of our community in powerful ways.
Later this semester, Gary Nelson is organizing a presentation focused on concussion protocols in contact sports that will be helpful to the entire community as we seek to ensure that our children are safe and healthy in their sports-related activities.
Furthermore, I'm planning to launch a podcast series this spring called "Making Leaders" that will focus on the opportunities and challenges in developing leadership skills in young people today.
Our faculty and staff have been brainstorming on some other possibilities, and we look forward to brainstorming about this with our alumni in the area at the Alumni Lunch Bunch on February 7.
I look forward to seeing how "MA for MGM" will enrich our community and our school in the months to come. If you have any programming ideas that might benefit the community, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.