On Friday, June 1st, 140 seventh grade students at Deer Park Middle School once again gave back to their community and neighborhood by participating in the fourth annual Seventh Grade Spikes Spring Service Project. Back in the 2014-15 school year, DPMS Principal Tim Olietti sought to instill in kids a sense of commitment and service, giving students a chance to do meaningful, hands-on work that contributed in visible and tangible ways to their community. Without a doubt, there are a number of vital lessons to be learned in these service projects: By engaging in these tasks students experience the value of hard work, the benefit of being an active member of their community, and the importance of giving back.
Over the years, many of the projects have varied greatly, while some have remained consistent from year to year. In 2018, projects included washing windows at Deer Park Crossing Senior Residence Facility, painting the dugouts at the Deer Park Sports Complex, removing brush at the park behind Deer Park Library, planting flowers at the City of Deer Parks’ Maintenance Shop, painting buildings and bleachers at the Clayton Community Fairgrounds, and clearing trails at Camp Reed YMCA Camp. After lunch, students capped off the day by picking up trash on their adopted road segments along Colville Road and “H” Street. For their efforts, students will be rewarded with the pride gained in helping their community and also by a day of outdoor education and fun at the Camp Reed. Also participating in the project were student leaders from the Deer Park High School Key Club, Deer Park Kiwanis Club, and DPMS faculty/staff.
All in all it was a great day for the Deer Park Middle School and for Deer Park!