One of Ethics Forum's main values is community so our mentorship projects are incredibly important to us. We've worked with students from elementary schools, high schools, and even some colleges. Our most notable mentorship project is the annual one-day event, Operation Pumpkin, at the Mont Vernon Village School. However, our group is always innovating and looking for new opportunities to make connections within our ever-expanding community.
As mentioned above, Operation Pumpkin is an day-long event at the Mont Vernon Village School (MVVS) that the Ethics Forum hosts that has been happening for years. Around every Halloween, the Ethics members visit the Mont Vernon children with painted pumpkins as decorations and put on a mini-musical! The musical is a skit and dance based on a children's story with a different theme to the event every year; last year's skit was based on Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. For the rest of the day, the Ethics members work with students in the classroom and play with them at recess. The main goal of this event is to create bonds between Souhegan seniors and elementary students, but it's also a fun way to share important lessons with the kids.
Additionally, in February 2020 the Junior Ethics Forum did a similar event at the Clark School but on a smaller scale and we had plans for another Operation Pumpkin-like event at the Wilkins School in May.
In October of 2020, we were able to have a smaller Operation Pumpkin where Ethics Forum still painted pumpkins and dropped them off at MVVS to continue the tradition despite being limited by COVID-19 regulations.
Other Mentorship Projects
Currently, we are laying the foundations for a partnership between Ethics Forum and a new leadership group at Amherst Middle School.
Furthermore, a portion of Ethics Forum is working on creating a new institute with UNH Durham that would be closely related to the HYPE Conference and connect high schoolers and college students. As the year progresses, we will have more updates.