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(*Note: your home should be within or bordering this year’s raking boundary. Some exceptions near Phoenix Middle School may be made depending on student raker availability. Homeowners are asked to clean up any and all animal waste prior to having students come rake their yard.)
DELAVAN — More than 50 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 Council and National Junior Honor Society are teaming up for the second annual Phoenix Middle School Rake and Run the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 6.
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. The houses behind (west of) and between Phoenix Middle School and Delavan-Darien High School are also in the mix of possible homes to be raked.
“We had great success doing this for the first time last year, and we are excited to bring it back again,” said Steve Gross, Phoenix Middle School counselor and event organizer.
The students are able to learn about leadership, communication, community service and working together, and they get to have a “field trip” without spending a dime or getting on the bus.
The community also benefits and community members see the Phoenix students helping out and learning about being good citizens.
“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,” Gross said. “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 by Friday, Oct. 30.
If not enough homeowners sign up, the students will rake the public spaces and parks near the school, Gross said.
This year, the project will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 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. 30, if possible:
- Steve Gross, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adam Nielsen, email@example.com
- Jean Caucutt, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shaina Sepulveda, email@example.com
You can also sign up online using this form.