SC Lee students get trashy on campus
Special to Leader-Press
National Junior Honor Society students are considered role models in their schools. Only a handful of students are selected for this elite group. But S.C. Lee Jr. High school members of NJHS got down and dirty on campus this week literally making a clean sweep for all to enjoy.
“The students exhibited dedication and character despite the strong winds Wednesday afternoon to pick up trash in the front, back, and sides of the school building,” S.C. Lee Principal’s Secretary Tammy Boast said.
Thirteen members helped to pick up trash in the grass, mulch, along the curbs, on the sidewalks and front patio of the junior high school. NJHS members, some grouped in pairs or larger, sported all types of trash-picking up gloves and collected a final count of four bags of litter.
S. C. Lee NJHS Vice President Jacob Knutson enjoyed getting his hands dirty.
“We worked hard and made SC Lee a cleaner school,” he said, smiling. “Litter free.”
NJHS normally participates in at least two service projects per year.
“I feel the cleanup was a good way to help out our school and to help out the community” said Abigail Caudle-Valdez a soon to be inducted 6th grade member of NJHS. Society members were surprised when they were cleaning up the front of the school when 6th grader Alex Owens asked if he could join in the cleanup, said Sherri Olson, NJHS sponsor.
“We were all surprised that Alex just wanted to help,” she said. “But, it just goes to show that when students are leading by example and doing good things, those actions influence other students to want to do the same.
Members that participated in the project were Emily Armstrong, Lillie Caudle-Valdez, Arishaun Chappell, Brooke Crabeels, Alexia Gaines, Madison Warren, Alyssa Winchell, Abigail Caudle-Valdez, Jacob Knutson, Princess Melchor, Aidan Murray, Mikayla Wilson, and Cameron Pack.
“We had a great turn out and I am very proud of our NJHS students,” Olson said.