Jarvis Middle School’s sixth grade spent Friday morning, Nov. 21 learning one of life’s most important lessons—the need to give back to the community.
Sixth graders cleaned and organized pews at the Blessed Sacrament Church, cleaned and cared for animals at the Herkimer County Humane Society, made crafts with residents at Mohawk Homestead, traveled to Barringer Road and Fisher elementary schools to read with young students and even traveled door-to-door around the Jarvis building, offering to shovel driveways and walks. Others simply stayed at Jarvis to spruce up the school building.
“Our sixth grade team of teachers wanted to organize an event that reinforced the role we all share as members of a community. They wanted this to look different to students. They wanted students to understand that helping out is not just raising money for a worthy cause,” said Principal Melissa Hoskey.
Everyone at the sites appreciated the extra hands to tackle some unglamorous chores.
One couple living nearby on Grove St. were impressed enough that they wrote Mrs. Hoskey:
“I am writing in regard to the first period sixth graders who this morning were out doing community service on Grove Street. My husband and I cannot thank them enough for shoveling our driveway. When I offered to pay them, they said they were happy to do it as a part of their community service. The students were so polite and respectful and Jarvis should be very proud of them. To that point, the male teacher who accompanied them is setting a very good example in teaching the students that good manners and helping others is a win-win situation for everyone.
“Again, thank you for allowing the students to come out on a cold day and help others. We had been talking about the snow and that first shovel experience and dreading it. The students and teacher certainly brightened our day!!!! Please convey our thanks to them.”
Interim Superintendent Gary Tutty jotted off a quick email congratulating the sixth graders and encouraging Jarvis to keep up the good work.
“People sometimes forget that some of the most important things we teach in schools is how to be good people. Kids today hear on television and through social media that they should do what they want, to pursue their own desires. Schools have a big role in helping parents reinforce the message that caring for others and being a part of their community is even more important,” said Mr. Tutty.