Highlight: Service Learning Trip 2018, Peru

Several years ago the school board and foundation supported the introduction of a Leadership Seminar and global trip through EF Tours.  The MSF contributed some scholarship money to support two students a year on these trips.  Our students traveled with several different local school districts including Milford, Mariemont, and Wyoming.  As these schools grew in their commitment to support international travel, it became less certain that our two students would always have a spot to tag-along.  Furthermore, we felt the impact of a larger group from Madeira High School would serve our entire school community better.

            When investigating what sort of international trip would fit “who we are” in Madeira, we decided that Service Learning was a perfect fit for what we value here at Madeira High School.  I was asked to lead a trip in the summer of 2018. I chose a trip to Peru because as the environmental science teacher at Madeira High School, I sought to stay at least somewhat in my passion and comfort zone of science.  We had an amazing trip that was deeply full of culture, language, history, science, leadership, and service.  We spent three days working on or with an Educational Eco-Farm which served to educate local indigenous villages about more sustainable farming practices at high elevations in the Andes.  We ended our service by visiting a village 13,000 feet above sea level and using hand tools to turn empty rocky hillsides into fields planted with garlic, lettuce, and onions.  We broke bread together with the villagers (ok . . .it was more potatoes than bread) and they taught us to fish in their mountain streams. I was so proud of the connections the seven students made while traveling, both with each other and the world around them.  -Suzy Tucker,

History

The Madeira Schools Foundation was founded on July 20, 1984 by a group of enthusiastic parents and community members who had worked to make the high school’s outdoor track a reality. As time passed they recognized the need to assist the district in achieving its goals for continued quality education.

Impact

The Foundation sponsors an annual fundraising auction, which over the years has become an entertaining social event for Madeira. In the past 20 years the MSF Auction has raised over $2 million. The proceeds from the auction have been used to pay for such things as student scholarships, computer hardware and software, athletic facilities, a new STEAM classroom at the elementary school, Annual Day of Service transportation, new seats for the high school’s auditorium, theatre arts program, science lab building, equipment and much, much more.

Awards

The Madeira Schools Foundation Distinguished Awards program was designed to honor and recognize individuals who, along with additional criteria, made significant contributions to society, exhibited leadership qualities, and represented a positive role model to others.

Throughout the year, The Madeira Schools Foundation accepts nominations for the Distinguished Staff and Distinguished Alumni/Citizen Awards program. Award recipients are honored at a special awards luncheon each spring.

2019-2020 Board of Trustees:

President: Tim Farrell            Vice President: Kristen Oyler
Secretary: Bo Gutierrez          Treasurer: Steve Soper
Ex Officio: Dave Eberly
Director of Alumni Relations: Mindi Hilgeman
Superintendent: Kenji Matsudo
Trustees: Ralph Blackwelder, Jr, Scott Blackwelder, Ken Born, Brian Busken, Michelle Cates, Carly Chu, Laura Conner, Sue Cummings, Sean Donnovan, Tim Farrell, Sean Garza, Bo Gutierrez, Betsy LeRoy, Erin Lutes, Mike Miller, Adam Moyer, Chris Nachtrab, Matt O’Cull, Kristen Oyler, Mike Prus, Chris Ramos, Laura Rusche, Sarah Schwallie, Jennifer Shinn, Dan Smith, Jen Weil, Jodi Wiley