Mehlville strengthens character-education efforts

The Mehlville School District will reach out to area residents as part of the district’s efforts to strengthen and expand its character-education and community-service efforts by its students.

“Teaching our students to be good citizens who work to improve our community has always been a core value of the District,” Mehlville School Superintendent Eric Knost stated in a news release. “I think that asking district residents to provide input about character education will make them an important part of the process and help refine the message we share with our students.”

The character mission of the district is to “work in partnership with families and the community to develop students of integrity who are caring, respectful and responsible citizens.”

In the coming weeks, a survey will be sent to more than 17,000 district residents, employees, students and alumni to give them the opportunity to choose which character traits they think are most essential for turning school students into responsible and successful adults.

Businesses also will be asked how the district can partner with them to help develop the character of Mehlville students.

Knost stated, “Ten of our schools have been cited as Missouri Schools of Character, and one has earned the distinction of being a National School of Character. Our vision has always been to take those successes within our schools and put them to good work in the community.”

To highlight the district’s dedication to community service, students from Mehlville and Oakville senior high schools will spend the week of April 29 through May 3 working on community improvement projects throughout the area.

The Monday and Tuesday schedule includes:

Monday, April 29 — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• St. Patrick Center —15 students will help sort donations.

• Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery — 20 students will help mulch the grounds.

• Faith Lutheran Church, 6101 Telegraph Road — 20 students will provide labor, yard work.

• Habitat For Humanity, 3763 Forest Park Ave. — 18 students work in resale shop.

• Friendship Village, 12503 Village Circle Drive — the Mehlville High School Choir performs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

• St. Trinity Lutheran Church, 517 Koeln — 15 students will clean up an alley.

• Special Olympics, 10461 Manchester — 30 students will unload van at a warehouse.

• Mehlville High School — 25 students will prepare sandwiches for the homeless.

• Nurses For Newborns, 7259 Lansdowne — 10 students will sort through clothing, donations.

Tuesday, April 30 — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Bee Tree Park, 2701 Finestown Road — 30 students will help with honeysuckle removal.

• St. Patrick Center — 15 students will help sort donations

• Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery — 20 students will help mulch the gardens.

• Faith Lutheran Church, 6101 Telegraph Road — 24 students will provide yard work.

• Habitat For Humanity, 3763 Forest Park Ave — 18 students will work in resale shop.

• Friendship Village, 12503 Village Circle Drive — the Mehlville High School Choir performs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

• St. Trinity Lutheran Church, 517 Koeln — 15 students will clean up an alley.

• Special Olympics, 10461 Manchester — 30 students will unload van at a warehouse.

• Mehlville High School — 25 students will prepare sandwiches for the homeless.

• Women’s Safe House (2236 Tower Grove Ave. — eight students will sort clothing, help clean.

• Heartland Industries, 9727 Green Park Road — eight students will clean, work with staff.