Mills Lawn Elementary School
Social/Emotional Learning Support
Due to the COVID-19 virus, learning at Mills Lawn is almost 100% virtual. Virtual learning will be in place this quarter and 2nd quarter. This will be evaluated quarterly, always keeping the safely of the students, the school staff, and the community as the highest priority. While we believe that presently this is best for our community, we have students who are in need of social emotional support. In order to provide this support, Mills Lawn needs additional personnel. The addition of a Miller Fellow will be a step towards providing the school with the necessary extra personnel.
The Miller Fellow will work with a team of school personnel consisting of teachers, the principal, and the guidance counselor, to plan and implement creative Social Emotional Learning (SEL) activities. The goal is to provide selected Mills Lawn students a safe way to interact with their peers. Due to the COVID-19 virus, the interactions may be virtual or in-person in the school setting. If the interactions are virtual, the Miller Fellow will coordinate and facilitate student chat sessions and small group tutoring. If the interactions occur in the school setting, they will be done individually or in small groups utilizing safely guidelines and best practices— wearing masks, socially distancing, and washing hands frequently.
- To help MLS students grow in their social-awareness and interpersonal skills
- To help MLS students establish and maintain positive relationships
- To help students develop self-awareness and self-management in order to be successful in school and in their lives
- To provide the MLS staff the support and assistance needed to successfully implement this program
Benefit to our community:
Our community will benefit from the Miller Fellow’s work by helping the students achieve better social emotional skills and thus helping them to be more successful in their lives. Our children are battling isolation, anxiety, and depression at higher levels and at younger ages than previous to the virus. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has dramatically exacerbated these emotional problems for some children. We believe we can alleviate some of the emotional pressures on these students if we can create more opportunities for social engagement. The SEL program will go a long way towards accomplishing this. Having healthy children, physically, socially and emotionally, goes a long way towards positively benefiting our communities— both the MLS and the Yellow Springs community.
Yellow Springs Exempted Village School District
The Yellow Springs Exempted Village School District (Yellow Springs Schools) is a public
school system that serves approximately 750 students in grades K-12 at Mills Lawn Elementary (K-6), McKinney Middle School (7-8), and Yellow Springs High School (9-12). Yellow Springs Schools are consistently ranked “Excellent” or “Excellent with Distinction” by the State of Ohio Board of Education.
The mission of The Yellow Springs Schools is to create a challenging educational environment where each student contributes to the intellectual and cultural richness of the community and is provided the skills and knowledge to become a socially responsible self-directed, life-long learner.
Student Miller Fellowships are paid positions with local nonprofit organizations that are awarded grants to employ Miller Fellows.
Student Miller Fellows will need to attend the first available Nonprofit Leadership Institute (NLI) at some point during their employment with the nonprofit. The NLI provides information on philanthropy and of nonprofits, and provides grounding and framework for learning from their experiences as a Miller Fellow. Students learn how nonprofits operate, how successful nonprofits function, and the important role students play in the community, representing their schools and the YSCF. They meet nonprofit leaders in the community and gain experience through hands-on work sessions.
Mills Lawn 937-767-7217
Miller Fellowships are offered to the following individuals:
- A full-time, degree-seeking student in good standing at a Greene County college or university with a preference towards an Antioch College student
- A high school student who is a resident of Yellow Springs/Miami Township or an attendee at Yellow Springs High School; high school Miller Fellows must be 16 years old or older.
- A resident of Yellow Springs/Miami Township under the age of 25 in a gap year before or during college or home for a vacation period
- Students must have completed the YSCF’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute (NLI) or apply and complete the next available NLI during their employment.
- The identified Miller Fellow can be a current employee of the nonprofit if they meet the requirements above.