Wednesday, May 20, 2009

School's Out for Summer







Our Junior High students spent the last two days of school working in our school communities as a way to give back. They have been talking about service and those who provide service to them during several meetings during the year. Then they had to decide what they could do to provide service to others. The list of tasks is long and these kids worked at it with great attitudes and tackled whatever project they were assigned. It is wonderful to see young people working to beautify our community without expecting anything in return. The teacher sponsors were eager for the kids to see that even a young person can do something to help another along the way, and all of these jobs need to be done by someone...it may as well be us!!! For 2 days, they worked...some of the students scraped and painted a garage, there was a lot of weed pulling, raking, picking up trash and sticks. Several loads of pine needles were raked and hauled away from a city park. Some kids raked up the play area, and some painted parking stripes on the main street. Others were planting bushes and moving rocks, painting playground equipment, park benches and picnic tables, cleaning out fire pits, washing windows, cleaning sheds and vehicles. This was a job well done by a group of amazing young people. All of the West Lyon Communities reaped the benefit of the energy and enthusiasm of these young people who were ready and willing to be outside....anywhere but school! You have done a great service....

Each year I wonder if I can make it to the end.....kids are tough, motivation is rough, behavior is unbearable....but we have some of the most amazing kids....this is why I teach. Thank you!

NOW...offically....school's out for summer. Have a great one!!!


5 comments:

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Yes...yes...yes!!! Only six to go for us! I cannot wait!!!!!! Enjoy, dear friend...

Diane said...

I am so jealous! You're out? Great project for the junior high. Have a great summer!

Sunshine Mama said...

That's great that you guys are already out. Around here some schools have another two weeks because of the whole "snow days" and such.

I actually homeschool, so school's never really done for me.

Annie said...

Finals are just around the bend...then school is finally out on June 5th!!!!! Loved the 'School's Out' song!!! Remember playing that as a teen every year we bounced into summer vacation! Ahhhhhhh!!!! To be a kid, physically again! NOT!!!
Anyway, how wonderful that the middle school had an opportunity to give back. My son's school requires 15 hours of community service every year. If it does not get completed by May, then the student gets suspended. I even participated this year! Happy SUMMER!!!!!!

Candi said...

We don't get out until June 6....yes that is correct a Saturday!!!! First of all we started late because they were installing air conditioning. Then, we had so many state tournament games in volleyball, football, and basketball that we missed several days there and then three snow days to make up. They wanted just to push it to June 8 to get out, but too many parents said they had swimming lessons starting, bible school etc., and some teachers signed up for classes starting that week, so yes our last day is a Saturday. I am so jealous that you are out, Carol. Enjoy your summer!!!