Community Service

At MSM, we want to help all of our students understand that there are variances in the world, and that not everyone has the same opportunities that they have.  We provide a wide variety of age appropriate experiences for our students to help others from the local to the global community.  Some of our service initiatives remain constant from year to year, and some may vary, determined by students and families.

At the “MSM Feeds DC” event held each year, the students make up to 200 bagged lunches and sandwiches to donate to A-SPAN and Martha’s Table.  Both organizations distribute food to the homeless in our area.  The students also learn more about hunger through a scavenger hunt and write their own ideas about how to alleviate hunger.

Every year, MSM students and their families support Reach Out and Read through the Inova Cares Clinic for Children in Falls Church.  Families donate gently used children’s books.  When a child visits the Inova Cares Clinic, they choose a book to take home and enjoy.  We know that these childen are so grateful to have these books!  Happy reading to our friends in the community!

Amman Imman (Water is Life) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering and preserving nomadic populations of the Azawak, an arid Florida-sized valley on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Niger, among the poorest nations of the world. This region has been hit hard by climate change and inhabitants no longer have access to fresh clean water.  Amman Imman has gone to this region and installed bore hole wells.  Each year, MSM holds a fundraising event to support this cause.  During this school year, MSM has committed to being a “sponsor school”, aiming to raise $20,000.  Between September and December, our students held “A Walk for Water”, a movie night, a parents’ date night, and a shopping day.  In addition, individual students have contributed: a third grader asked for people to donate to Amman Imman instead of giving her birthday gifts; a fourth grade student baked and sold macaroons; and a fifth grade student baked and sold croissants!  Way to go students!

MMSC: Our Student Council

The Upper Elementary students participate in Student Council.  The students, with guidance from the Upper Elementary teachers, discuss and make decisions about the community service events they hold each year.  In the last few years, the students have helped organize the following events.


  • Trick-or-treat for UNICEF (Student Council counts and submits the money collected by students in the whole school)
  • Amman Imman: Movie Night, A Walk for Water, coin drive


  • Hearth Healthy Food Drive
  • Movie Night with proceeds donated to the ASPCA
  • Trick-or-treat for UNICEF
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society coin collection
  • Amman Imman: A Walk for Water


  • Canned food drive for Northern Virginia Family Services
  • McLean Day (convinced the school of the need to participate, organized booth and games for children)
  • Trick-or-treat for UNICEF


  • Arlington National Cemetary wreath laying
  • Trick-or-treat for UNICEF
  • Canned food drive
  • Halloween Candy for the Troops 
  • Wrote letters to children in Syria
  • Adopt a Family gift drive for Christmas
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