GEF and members of a local organization connected with Bates Elementary School in Salem, Massachusetts last week to add a touch of green to the school’s grounds. Five volunteers and the fifth grade students worked together to make the school yard a cleaner, more inviting place to play and learn. From picking up trash to raking up leaves, the students told us that they enjoy helping the school and the environment. One student expressed that “it’s fun doing community service and helping the environment with our friends,” while another suggested that “it’s important to help the earth and keep our school clean.”
Although the rain was on and off, the fifth grade students were still eager to help! After weeding the front of the school, picking up trash and cleaning up the playground, the students were looking for more tasks to complete. After helping the students clean the school grounds, the volunteers from the local organization planted two large oak trees to provide shade during recess. Later that morning when the kids were finished with their projects, one volunteer described his experience by saying, “it’s rewarding to help kids who think about the environment at an early age because they’re thinking about their impact and how things can change in the future.”
Volunteering is a fun and easy way for your group or business to connect with the local community and make a lasting, meaningful impact. Schools are always looking for help and there is always work to be done. Call your local school today to ask about volunteer opportunities! GEF also provides some volunteer ideas for each of our free programs. Check them out today!