Schools get spring cleaning from students

First Posted: 4/18/2009

When students and teachers return to class at North Surry High School on Monday, they may notice that the campus looks a little cleaner.
This will be thanks to the schools Spanish and FFA clubs. Several students from the clubs spent Saturday morning picking up trash, pulling weeds and putting down new mulch around the school.
Were doing it to benefit our fellow students by making the grounds look better, said Meagan Cave, Spanish Club member. It really needed it.
We just got together and thought it would be a good idea to do something for the school, said Hope Ward, Spanish teacher. Its a good way for the kids to give back to the school.
The students even got some help from Bill Goins, principal, and Janice Simmons, PE teacher. Rachel Escobar, Spanish teacher, thinks that one of the good things about North Surry is that a number of the faculty are graduates of the school and take pride in its appearance.
Goins, one of those alumni, asked the clubs to target a few specific trouble spots as far as trash build-up, and the students took advantage of the sunny day to pull the weeds from the front beds as well as picking up trash such as sucker sticks.
For the FFA, the project had the added benefit of going along with the class curriculum.
This is stuff we talk about in the classroom and now were applying it hands-on outside, said Aaron Tompkins, agriscience teacher and FFA sponsor. Were giving the students the opportunity to get involved with the campus and try to keep it looking good.
Both clubs have been active this school year, according to their sponsors, leading to the idea of doing something to give back to the school. Goins even offered to buy pizza for anyone who showed up to work during the day.
They have been very active and willing to be here, said Ward. The students are just great.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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