Morristown Beard School is excited to be partnering with the town of Morristown to help its Senior Center launch a new Internet Café. The School recently donated five iMac desktop and five laptop computers for the project, and is exploring ways for its students to get involved through the Interdisciplinary Concentrations Program (ICP).
The project was spearheaded by MBS Chief Innovation Officer Darren Burns along with Shanae Green, an MBS trustee and parent, who directs Senior Services for the Town of Morristown. Mr. Burns said the partnership creates a lot of opportunities for MBS students — particularly for those in the ICP.
“The Interdisciplinary Concentrations Program helps students wrestle with challenging topics and themes in Global Citizenship, Arts & Innovation, Ethics, Leadership & Justice, and Data Analysis & Research Methods. As students think globally, they’re acting locally, with Morristown as the central case,” he said. “We’re identifying ways to engage with community partners, and we’re excited to build a relationship with the Morristown Senior Center and support their Internet Café program.”
Marlee Ryan ’24, an MBS senior in the Ethics, Leadership, & Justice cohort of the ICP, is hoping to volunteer at the new Internet Café to provide computer training for senior citizens as part of her yearlong thesis project. Her efforts may even dovetail into her Senior Project in May.
“I’ve been doing a lot of volunteer work with local nursing homes, so this is definitely right up my alley,” she said.
Through the ICP program, MBS 11th Graders have also been investigating many facets of Morristown and are exploring how the town is meeting the goals of its master plan and the needs of its citizens. On November 14, the 11th Grade ICP students will take a walking tour of Morristown with an eye towards trends and challenges in community planning and how people’s surroundings can make an impact on their lives.
“Morristown is rich with opportunities to experience learning through hands-on activities that build and enrich our sense of community, place, and purpose,” said Mr. Burns.