CFE experiences instill wisdom, compassion, respect and understanding that prepare Minnehaha students for an increasingly global society.
In March of each academic year, students in grades 9 through 11 participate in a weeklong on-site learning experience called Cultural Field Experience. During this week, students are exposed to people and communities that are different from their own. The goal of this experience is to promote an understanding of another person’s life experiences and point of view and to provide students opportunities to discover their God-given gifts. Students earn academic credit for this experience.
Make a Difference From a Distance
There are many ways that we can continue the work of serving God and others in our community during this time of crisis. Please check out the amazing options below for ideas and ways to work to make a difference from a distance together with some of our CFE partners!
Virtual Friend Visit
Started by Ian Aizman and 2019 MA alum, Sammi Martin, Virtual Visit Friend is an opportunity to virtually connect with residents in elderly care facilities around the Twin Cities as an “on-call” volunteer. This is a great option for anyone, including families! Sign up at their website and they will send you further information on how to get involved. They will connect you with residents through video calls for a “visit” for anywhere from 10-30 minutes.
Sign up at www.virtualvisitfriend.org
Many of our CFE Partners still have tangible needs that need to be met in order to serve their communities. See a list below of sites and ways to donate from a distance! Many have put together Wish Lists and Registries online. This is a great way to donate new items!
- Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Check out the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery Amazon wish list or Target wish list and ship pre-selected items directly to the Nursery.
- Baby’s Space
Check out the Baby’s Space Target wish list and ship pre-selected items directly to their facility.
- International Institute of MN – Gift Cards for Refugees and Immigrants
IIMN has expressed that their greatest need currently is for school supplies and gift cards to Target, Walmart, and local grocery stores for their students to buy food and necessities. Check out their Target wish list and ship pre-selected items directly to their facility. Additionally, click these links to purchase a Walmart Gift Card or Cub Gift Card and ship it directly to IIMN at 1694 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108
- My Very Own Bed Dream Kits
By providing beds and linens to kids who need them, MVOB is making new homes for those who have recently secured stable housing more livable and restful. You can support My Very Own Bed by purchasing new, twin-sized items and shipping them to 34 13th Ave. NE, B002A, Minneapolis, MN 55413. You can also find some ideas on their Amazon Wish List or Walmart Registry for Good.
Encouragement for Healthcare Workers
It is important that we support and encourage the people who put themselves at risk each day, in order to care for others in a time of crisis.
- Send healthcare workers a virtual encouragement:
- Make and Donate Masks
Put your crafting skills to good use and make some simple homemade masks for healthcare workers!
Because we are committed to increasing access to a Minnehaha Academy education, tuition assistance now benefits more than half of current families. Financial challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic has seen that need increase sharply. Your gift to the Heritage & Hope Scholarship Fundkeeps students at MA, where they belong.
Above all things, we are reminded of the power and importance of prayer. As a community, one of the best things that we can do is to lean into God and lift each other up through prayer.
Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, CFE:LOCAL has been cancelled. We are hopeful and look forward to partnering with our local community next spring!
During the week of CFE, students in grades 9-11 who choose to NOT participate in Overnight Trips will participate in Local service learning sites around the Twin Cities. Check out our local site partnerships HERE!
LOCAL CFE REQUIRED FORMS