Volunteer Organizations

Backpack Tutoring

Backpack is a 18-year old organization, started in 1997 at MHS by one student who wanted to make a difference. We have grown to over 450 students last year at Minnetonka, who donated approximately 10,000 hours of one-one-one direct tutoring time. We are an all volunteer-run group that serves the development of at-risk grade school kids, while creating leadership and service opportunities for high school students. Click here for more information.

Adviser: Diana Davis

Be the Change

Be the Change is a club that gives students the opportunity to go into Minneapolis and volunteer at the homeless shelter, People Serving People.

Be the Change is open to students of all grade levels, genders, and friend groups. It is a great opportunity that enables students to meet others, witness firsthand the needs of families outside of Minnetonka, and earn community service hours.

Adviser: Heidi Thomas, heidi.thomas@minnetonka.k12.mn.us

Class of 2017 Legacy Project

The Class of 2017 Legacy Project is a service-learning group that organizes and implements service projects throughout the class's four years of high school. Its focus is youth poverty.

So far, it has collected suitcases, backpacks and toothbrushes to donate to local homeless shelters and children in Nicaragua. Is also hosts a family walk/run in the spring to provide additional support to local homeless shelters.

Please contact the advisers if you are interested in being a part of the leadership group or learning more about Legacy Project activities.

Advisers: Patricia Price and Eric Toppin

Class of 2018 Legacy Project

The Class of 2018 has chosen Environment as the area of need that they will focus on during their four years at MHS whenever they are participating in class-wide service projects.

There is a student leadership group that meets before school every other Tuesday in room 2005 to plan fundraising events and service projects. Please contact the advisers if you are interested in being a part of the leadership group or learning more about Legacy Project activities.

This group meets every other Tuesday in Room 2005 from 7:15-7:45 a.m.

Advisers: Dave Bierly and Laura Krenik

Earth Club

A not-for-profit student organization at MHS, Earth Club is an environmental club open to anyone with an interest in preserving the Earth and keeping the campus and adjacent highway clean and beautiful.

Members have a wide variety of interests and talents that are utilized to develop environmental consciousness among students through information exchange with various programs, seminars, field trips, and other activities. The club also sponsors several projects benefiting the environment.

Adviser: Beowulf Boswell

Interact

Interact is a service club for youth ages 14-18. This club is sponsored and guided by the Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior Rotary Club but is self-governing and self-supporting. MHS Interact is one of over 11,000 clubs worldwide dedicated to community and international service. Inspired by each other, monthly club speakers, and through contact with other Interact Clubs, MHS Interact participates in a number of local and global projects throughout the year.

Adviser: Jessica Kramer

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

Membership is an honor awarded to selected juniors and seniors, based on a combination of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Students with a 3.5 GPA or higher are notified of the selection process by mail early in fall quarter. Members are expected to attend regular chapter meetings and carry out individual and group service projects during the school year.

Advisers: Alex Johnson and Maggie Arvesen

Optimist Club

This club organizes volunteer and service events within the school and community. There are no fees required for participation.

Adviser: Tessa Beckstrom

People to People

People to People is a volunteering group that promotes peace through understanding and humanitarianism. Students are able to build their leadership skills by participating in many volunteer opportunities during the entire school year, while being educated about different cultures. P2P provides both global and local activities through its projects.

Adviser: Chet Masteller

E-mail: tonkapeople2people@gmail.com

Twitter: @tonka_p2p

Teens Taking Action

Our Mission Statement: Teens Taking Action is a service club focused on counter acting poverty in the Twin Cities, through volunteer work at local organizations. We want to give students more opportunities to volunteer regularly in their community. We focus on taking action against hunger, homelessness, lack of necessities and aiding in healthy community relations, in order to counteract poverty.

Adviser: Sonia Labs

Contact: teenstakingactionmhs@gmail.com

Tonka Leadership Challenge

The Tonka Leadership Challenge (TLC) is open to any student (Grades 9-12) at Minnetonka High School. Students who pledge to be chemically free are the focus members of this group. Throughout the school year, TLC members will be involved in various leadership projects, volunteer opportunities within the school and the community, and also help in planning school-wide healthy choice events. In addition, members will mentor to students at our middle schools and elementary schools in regards to making healthy decisions. TLC students meet before school twice each month. Sign-up will take place the first week of school.

Adviser: Melissa Feller