JCS participates in Day of Caring

JCS students participate in Day of Caring
Posted on 09/13/2018
Cleaning at the JCAWSCHARLES TOWN, W.Va.- Students from Jefferson County Schools were among the hundreds of volunteers to take part in the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle’s 24th Annual Day of Caring on Tuesday. The Day of Caring is a chance to help local nonprofit agencies accomplish much-needed projects during one day of organized volunteerism. 
Three of the groups that took part, the K’Kids from Wright Denny Intermediate School, the Builders from Charles Town Middle School, and the Key Club from Washington High School, all of which are sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, became part of the Day of Caring.
The K’Kids are first time participants in the Day of Caring. They went to Happy Retreat in Charles Town to pick up trash and make improvements to the grounds of this historic Washington home.  Accompanied by their adviser, Karen Scott, they were greeted by a former mayor of Charles Town, Randy Hilton, who spoke to the group, telling them that George Washington was a man who never give up, and he encouraged them to follow the first president’s example to persevere and to contribute to their society.
Another highlight for the K’Kids was the appearance of Walter Washington, a fifth generation of the George Washington family.  Washington spoke to the students and invited them to tour the mansion with him.
The group from Charles Town Middle School, the Builders, donated their time and energies at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club at the Animal Welfare Society on the Leetown Road, where they assisted with the cleaning chores, taking care of the tasks involved in caring for the animals, and being generally helpful in any way they could   Among the adult volunteers helping with these students and their tasks were Elizabeth Cook and Dale Manuel, both known for their work with young people of Jefferson County.
At the Jefferson Community Ministries in Charles Town was the third group, the Washington High School Key Club, along with their adviser, Jennifer Nicholson.  These students were in the basement of the building on West Washington Street creating interesting artwork for the patrons of the facility. According to Nicholson, 21astudents were involved in the project and had been working diligently all morning.
The overall effect of the Day of Caring can be summed up in Karen Scott’s words:  “This is a wonderful opportunity for the students.  It enables them to give back to their community by participating in a day of service.” 

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