As many students prepared for the final grueling days of the school year, some were treated to a day outside and a chance to give a little back.
Recently, about 180 eighth graders, along with teachers and parent volunteers, from Salem Church Middle School took a trip to Pocahontas State Park to participate in a service project to help clean up the park.
“A lot of the kids have never been to [Pocahontas State] Park,” Salem Church Middle School Assistant Principal Jamie Stacy said. “It gives them the opportunity to do tasks that are relevant and serve a purpose in the community.”
The students raked out culverts, watered trees that were planted for a Girl Scout project, cleaned out cabins and washed the windows in the dining hall. Some supplies were donated by Home Depot and Target.
This was the first and largest community service effort that Salem Church Middle School has participated in and school officials look to continue projects like this in the future.
“We’re always looking for community service projects to get involved with,” said Assistant Principal Jane Crawley. “We really want to give more opportunities like this to, not only the eighth grades, but the sixth and seventh graders, too.”
Afterward, the park donated the use of four shelters so students and parent volunteers could enjoy an afternoon cookout at the park.