Math for Service hosts 2018 Open House at Sage Hill School

By Stephanie Hu

With the smell of fresh popcorn in the air and music radiating from a jazz band, Orange County (OC) students and parents attended the annual Math for Service (MFS) Open House on May 20 at Sage Hill School from 2 - 4 p.m.

The nine different student-run ventures under MFS-- OC Math Circle, OC Scholar, OC Coder, OC Science, OC Arts, OC Engineer, OC Hacker, OC Launch and All Girls Math Tournament-- set up booths for activities and prospective volunteer sign-ups.

“I came to this Open House because I heard from my friend that it’s really fun and gives you a chance to volunteer,” Beckman High School freshman Nour Siwar said. “My favorite part of this Open House is roaming around and meeting new people. I’m interested in joining the All Girls Math Tournament because I want to grow my passion for math.”

The open house included an indoor presentation of each organization, led by the Presidents, a College Panel, a ceremony for the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) recipients and a Senior Sendoff. Dr. James Li also announced the new name for Math for Service: STEAM for All.

A total of 48 students received the PVSA that ranges from bronze to gold: 17 bronze, nine silver and 22 gold.

“Talking and facilitating discussion was really fun and it gave me a lot of insight into how Math for Service runs,” Master of Ceremonies and Rancho San Joaquin eighth grader Pranav Moudgalya said. “I also think the College Panel was really interesting because I’ll be in their shoes in four years so I want to know what to expect and watch out for.”

Friends of MFS, a group of parents of student volunteers, helped with refreshment duties as well as the book drive.

“One of the best parts of being in this organization is seeing many students grow up into great volunteers,” five-year parent volunteer Young Lee said. “I’m so grateful to see all these helping hands in the community and would like to encourage other parents to join Friends of MFS as well.”

To learn more about Math for Service events and volunteering opportunities, visit mathforservice.org.