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May 30, 2013

Students Give Back With Campus, Community Clean Up Day

SCR-I seventh graders worked at SCH and Memphis Medical Services during the campus, community clean up day.

On the last day of school, piles of debris is the last thing you might want to see. But instead of serving as signs of some sort of prank, the collections of tree limbs and trash bags dotting the Scotland County R-I grounds instead marked the completion of the very successful first annual campus and community clean-up day performed by the high school student body.

"It was a very good day," said High School Principal Ryan Bergeson. "The kids worked hard and got a lot accomplished, building their community and school pride."

Under the direction of the high school staff, students in grades 7 through 11 broke into small groups on Wednesday, May 22nd, scouring the campus picking up litter, trimming trees, renovating classrooms, recycling materials and a multitude of other tasks targeting an overall beatification of the school facilities and grounds.

But the efforts were not limited to just the school. Work crews also visited the Scotland County Hospital and Scotland County Care Center, the NMCAA Head Start and also assisted the City of Memphis at Johnson Park and other sites.

"We had an assembly with all the kids and explained to them how this day was going to work," said Bergeson. "I told them we take from the people of this community all the time, in a variety of ways. The school is supported through fundraisers and volunteer efforts. This was our chance to give back."

Seventh Grade students and their teachers worked nearly two hours in and around the Hospital, Clinic, Health Department and Care Center campus. Students picked up trash, pulled weeds, trimmed shrubs, raked leaves and swept sidewalks and driveways.

"I am so pleased that the school district has provided time for the students to conduct this type of community service," stated Marcia R. Dial, CEO, Scotland County Hospital. "This kind of activity builds a sense of civic duty in the minds of our young people and that is important as they enter adulthood."

The effects were contagious, as fourth, fifth and sixth grade students got into the act at the elementary school giving their next to last day of school back to help improve the facility.

"I believe next year is going to be even better," Bergeson said. "I'm very proud of how hard the kids worked, and I think they are ready to give back even more to their community in the future."

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