He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.”
– Confucius

On Saturday, March 14th, 2015, Montverde Academy Upper-school students, as part of a scheduled 2014-2015 2nd semester MVA community service project, travelled to Orlando, Florida, to volunteer assistance with the Center for Peace. CFP is a non-profit volunteer organization that works in conjunction with the Islamic Society of Central Florida in helping to end fallacies and societal stereotypes sometimes held about Islam and Muslims. The organization’s home-page receptively states: “Jews, Christians, and Muslims – One God – Many Paths,” is to “…facilitate and coordinate outreach efforts in the Central Florida community by promoting understanding and acceptance among people of all faiths and backgrounds about Islam.”

During their visit to the facility, students were educated on the Islamic faith, and assisted with the centers’ disaster relief projects. The trip also allowed students to consider and embrace the importance of facilitating others outside our immediate Montverde Academy community. Junior Saul Aviles’s mirrored that of other student attendees when he stated on MVA’s Schoology, “ I thought that the Center for Peace trip was educational as well as entertaining. Besides giving us delicious food, we were given the opportunity to learn the truth about the Islamic religion and community.”


On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Mr. Bassem Chaaban, Director of the Center for Peace, addressed the 4th and 7th period World Religions classes of Mr. Phil Prescott, MVA Religions and Bible Studies teacher. Mr. Chaaban also spoke to MVA students about the Islamic concept of community on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at CCC (Character, Community, Connection). During his visit, Mr. Chaaban discussed important aspects of the Islamic religion, and welcomed an open dialogue with students to discuss some of the difficulties and cultural misconceptions of Muslim cultures.