Students Serve Memphis Through CSO

Service and leadership have been on full display this fall as 244 Upper School students have volunteered to serve their fellow Memphians through the Civic Service Organization. The highlight thus far was Service Week, September 12-17. See photos HERE.
“This was an incredible Service Week,” CSO Advisor Jonathan Large said. “Students volunteered at many different locations all around our city in order to build community and provide help to those in need. Many of our students discovered that service to others is fun as well as virtuous.”

During Service Week, 213 students served with the following organizations:
- Idlewild Presbyterian Church Food Distribution - participated in a Mid-South Food Bank Mobile Pantry
- Carpenter Art Garden: set up art projects for elementary school students
- St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen: prepared and served lunch
- Catholic Charities Food Distribution: participated in mobile food pantry
- Hanley Elementary School: read to and played games with elementary school students
- Perea Preschool: read to and played games with preschool students
- Forrest Spence Fund: helped with fundraising efforts and volunteer recruitment
- Calvary Rescue Mission: helped at the homeless shelter
- Memphis Tilth: worked in the garden
- Memphis Zoo: led groups of Knowledge Quest students
- MUS Quiz Bowl Tournament: assisted with preparation and read quiz questions
- Grace-St. Luke’s: prepared sandwiches at MUS for More Than A Meal

Ongoing CSO projects:
- Monthly campus food distribution for Mid-South Food Bank
- Tutoring at Balmoral Ridgeway Elementary School
- Delivering food for Meals on Wheels
- Assisting at Grace-St. Luke’s More Than A Meal

Grade-level CSO volunteerism for 2022-23 to-date
- 12th Grade: 52 of 114 students 
- 11th Grade: 63 of 115 students
- 10th Grade: 87 of 120 students 
- 9th Grade: 42 of 116 students