Shell Knob students learn about giving back

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Shell Knob students kindergarten through eighth grade, teachers, and staff went into the community on Friday, Sept. 29, to give back to the community that supports them in all they do.

Shell Knob is a town where the people live the saying, 'It Takes a village to raise a Child,' therefore, SKS teachers, students and staff wished to find a way to give back to their community.

A committee of teachers planned and executed what students would do to give back. The committee consisted of Evan Parrott, David Robertson, Rhonda Wheeler and Amy Crain. They met regularly to plan, organize and set up the day. Next, they contacted various community organizations, businesses and people to set up where children would go and what acts of service they could perform for their community.

Students were placed into groups and assigned teachers, staff, and older students to help them accomplish tasks. Kindergarten classes went to CC Camp with select middle school students to pick up trash and beautify the area. First-grade students went with middle school students to the community garden and worked to move soil and fertilizer into planting beds. Second-and-third-grade students went to The Plaza business area to wash windows and sweep sidewalks.

One group of fourth-graders went to Arvest Bank and cleaned up the parking lot, grounds, made popcorn and greeted customers. Another group went to the Central Crossing Senior Center to clean tables and other odd jobs, and another went to the food pantry and cleaned and sorted food items. Fifth-grade students painted a fence at Freedom Bank.

Middle school students stayed in mixed groups doing various other jobs at businesses around town, including The Fire House, Rusty’s Auto Parts, the Thrifty Closet, while others went to the Dollar General Store to sweep, wash windows and clean, others picked up trash and cleaned at Pizza Hut and Subway, and the last group of middle-school students went to Hickory Hallow to move mulch into gardens for owners.

Students, teachers and staff learned many new skills and had the opportunity to meet community members and give a little back to the community they live in. With the help of its community, Shell Knob School is helping grow future leaders. The school would like to thank everyone who participated in Give Back Day and the valuable learning experience it provided to students.