During the 2012-13 school year, Shenandoah County students and staff participated in more than 500 community service projects. Dr. Keith Rowland, Superintendent, commented that schools should “give back” to the communities that have supported them throughout the year. He said that he was amazed and proud of the number and scope of the projects.
Summary is below or click to read entire listing:
/Community Service Projects 12-13.pdf
Feeding the Hungry
Students and staff from many schools planted and harvested crops at the Volunteer Farm in Woodstock. They held food drives and assisted at the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in New Market , the Mt. Jackson Food Pantry, the Lighthouse Grocery, and the Compassion Cupboard. Students packed meals for Stop Hunger Now and baked cookies for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. They served friendship/community meals at St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Strasburg United Methodist Church. And, one school orchestra performed for the Alliance for Shelter Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser.
Serving those in Nursing Homes and Hospitals
Students volunteered many hours at the Skyline Nursing Home in Strasburg, Life-Care Center in New Market, and Greenfield Assisted Living. They made cards for residents, assisted with morning calisthenics and resident activities, and gave manicures. Six seniors participated in the Adopt-a -Senior project with Senior Home Instead. Schools hosted blood drives, and eligible students donated blood. Students cleaned and sorted clothing at the Shenandoah County Pregnancy Center. Cosmetology students provided a “spa day” including hair styling, manicures, and pedicures for patients at the Staunton Children’s Hospital (Staunton, VA). Students donated and served food to 100 Shen Paco residents.
Taking Caring of the Environment
Shenandoah County students and staff cleared debris and removed trash from the Shenandoah River and its tributaries. They picked-up litter from miles of town and County streets and highways and recycled aluminum and plastic items they had collected. Students created school gardens, planted trees on Earth Day, planted flowers at the Brendon Barker Memorial, and planted flowers in barrels for the town of Mt. Jackson. One student designed and sold T-shirts to raise funds for the Shenandoah National Park.
Remembering the Military
Students and staff remembered our veterans and those currently serving America. Students in English classes wrote letters to patients in Walter Reed and Ft. Belvoir military hospitals in commemoration of 9/11. One school hosted a Veterans’ Day Breakfast . Students volunteered at the National Veteran’s Wheelchair Games in Richmond, Virginia. Multiple donations from staff members were sent to the Wounded Warriors Foundation. Troops in Afghanistan and other areas received Military Care Packages from Shenandoah County students.
Sharing Musical Talents
Shenandoah County music students donated their talents and their time as bands marched in parades and choral, band, and string groups performed for meetings, organizations, other schools, and nursing homes.
Elementary schools hosted read-in for their communities, and several schools hosted multicultural evenings with dinner served and activities for children. Secondary students helped young readers on the Gus Bus from WVPT. Students and staff celebrated Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss’s birthday) at town libraries with school-age and younger children from the communities. Secondary students assisted elementary and middle schools with universal screenings. Shenandoah County students volunteered at the Shenandoah County Library and the Strasburg Community Library.
Helping in Many Different Ways
Students volunteered at the Shenandoah County Fair and the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. Agricultural students built picnic tables for the Woodstock Fire Department. Triplett Tech computer students repaired government donated computers for distribution to Shenandoah County students and their families. Students helped with the Hometown Strasburg Ghost Tours, raked leaves for senior citizens, umpired Little League games, hosted training for Boy Scouts to earn their Auto Mechanics Merit Badge, crocheted over 100 scarves for those in need, painted pumpkins for the Marge Moyer s Scholarship Golf Tournament, and helped “Fill the Trailer” for donations to Oklahoma Tornado victims. Sandy Hook Elementary School hosted a hot dog eating contest with monies collected given to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Family and Consumer Science students made desserts for a cancer survivor’s luncheon, and Culinary Arts students catered 41 events for school and community groups. Middle school students played softball with moderate to severely intellectually disabled youth. Other students helped a senior citizens’ group make apple butter and assisted the Ruritan Club with their ham and oyster dinner.
Raising Funds for Charities
Shenandoah County students jumped ropes and played basketball for the local chapter of the American Heart Association. They walked for babies in the March of Dimes event and rang bells for the Salvation Army. Students and staff contributed to multiple and varied causes including the Empty Stocking Fund, the American Childhood Cancer Organization, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Special Olympics, Response, Luke’s Backpacks, Woodstock Rescue Squad, Orkney Springs Fire Department, Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, Mt.Zion Church, Blue Ridge Hospice, Sideout Foundation/Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness, and the Parent Project/ Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Students collected cell phones for soldiers, Toys for Tots, baby goods, clothes, hats, gloves, socks, coats, sweaters, and blankets, eye glasses for the Lions Club, gently read books for the Little Free Library and the Northern VA Daily, old phone books, and soda tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.
The list of volunteer work Shenandoah County students and staff completed goes on and on. Click to read files submitted by schools.
Click to view entire listing by school:
/Community Service Projects 12-13.pdf