Phoenix Students holding first ever ‘Rake and Run’ community service project



(*Note: your home must be within or bordering this year’s raking boundary.)

DELAVAN — About 75 Phoenix Middle School students will soon take to yards in need of some leaf raking as part of a community service project.

The school’s Peer Helpers, Student Government Committee and National Junior Honor Society are teaming up for the first ever Phoenix Middle School Rake and Run the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 7.

Sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the groups, under adult supervision, will rake the yards of selected Delavan homes near the school (map). The raking area is surrounded by Washington Street, Second Street, East Wisconsin Street, Spring Drive/West Geneva Street and Beloit Street. A few houses between Phoenix Middle School and Delavan-Darien High School are also in the mix of possible homes to be raked.

“We want to get our students out into the community. We especially want to have those students in leadership positions within the school really take the lead on this project, and they are,” said school counselor Steve Gross. “As organizers, we want to show the Delavan-Darien area, ‘Hey, look at these amazing kids. They’re doing this great work and are asking for nothing.’ They want to help and contribute to our community, too.”

The students are looking for homeowners within the area to sign up for their leaf-raking endeavor. Despite the project being a chore that many loathe, the students are really looking forward to it, Gross said.

“They love it. They can’t wait for it,” Gross said. “Just about every day, a student will come in and ensure I have their permission slip already because they want to be a part of it.”

Prior to the field trip — or should we say, “yard trip”? — the students will talk with teachers about leadership, communication, community service and working together as a school.

“This will give them the opportunity to demonstrate who they are as young adults in the Delavan-Darien School District,” Gross said.

If not enough homeowners sign up, the students will rake the public spaces and parks near the school, Gross said.

In the future, as the effort grows, the students and school officials will look for corporate sponsors to help provide materials such as rakes, tarps, bags and gloves. They’ll also look at getting T-Shirts made to help stand out while doing the service work, Gross said.

This year, the project will run from noon until 2:15 p.m. Homeowners interested in having the students rake their yards should call the school, (262) 728-2642, or email the project coordinators no later than Friday, Oct. 31, if possible:

You can also sign up online using this form.

(*Note: your home must be within or bordering this year’s raking boundary.)

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