The immeasurable impact of serving others was spotlighted this week at St. Margaret’s, as the annual All-School Spring Service joyfully brought the entire student body together for prayer, community, music, reflection—and, this year, a special surprise honoring Head of School Will Moseley.
The All-School Spring Service also marked the conclusion of the school’s annual All-School Service Learning Project. St. Margaret’s partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley this year, and the Tartan community launched a month-long donation drive for new supplies, equipment and funds to benefit local youth at the organization’s three South Orange County locations.
Students also took part in cross-divisional connections this week where students learned more about authentic needs in the local community. Leaders from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley were in attendance at the All-School Spring Service as the school concluded the project. (Stay tuned for more on this year’s All-School Service Learning Project next week!)
Board of Trustees President Paul Westhead then announced, to Mr. Moseley’s surprise, the launch of the William N. Moseley Venture to Serve. In honor of Mr. Moseley’s 10-year tenure as St. Margaret’s Head of School and his commitment to transforming and growing the school’s service-learning program, The Moseley Venture to Serve will have two annual components: the continuation of the All-School Service Learning Project, as well as the launch of a service venture fund.
In addition, Mr. Westhead announced the creation of the William N. Moseley Venture to Serve Endowment.
“The income generated by the Moseley Endowment will provide ongoing financial support for future All-School Service Learning Projects,” Mr. Westhead said. “In addition, the new endowment will also provide funding for service venture grants for those students, alumni and members of our professional community who are looking to create new and innovative ways to serve our community.”
The first recipient of a Moseley Venture to Serve grant was announced at the All-School Spring Service this week. Upper School junior Dania Arteaga and her brother recently started the Bridges Clinic, a pop-up clinic which provides healthcare services for underserved, uninsured residents of South Orange County. At their first clinic, they served 54 patients--many of which had not been to a doctor in years.
“Dania was happy with these results. She knew she had made a difference. But she wanted to do more,” said Victor Cota, St. Margaret’s Director of Equity and Inclusion and service-learning team leader. “At one point, I remember Dania reaching out to me personally to see if I knew any way to keep the momentum going. I didn’t.
“But now, with funds from the Moseley Venture to Serve, we can revive Bridges Clinic. It is our distinct honor to award Dania Arteaga $6,000 to continue this powerful work. With these funds, Dania will have the opportunity to continue this important work and meet a critical need in our local community.”
More details about the Moseley Venture to Serve will be shared in the coming weeks, including information on how students, alumni and the professional community can apply for a grant. For those interested in showing a token of gratitude for Mr. Moseley’s service to St. Margaret’s, you can support the Moseley Endowment at this link