Fall Focus: Service to the Community
October is known for many things – football games, bonfires, costumes and Halloween – but at the Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury, October also means something else: a time for serving the community. All month, members of our Boys & Girls Club will be serving their club and community in different ways.
Members of the Indiana Kids program, which targets students performing below grade level in math and reading, will be working hard to earn 10 hours of community service for this school year. Kicking off this month, participants in this educational program will be volunteering around the Boys & Girls Club and lending a hand in the community through service projects.
The middle school leadership group, Torch Club, also has their own ideas about how to give back this season.
“We think volunteering in the food pantry would be fun and important,” says sixth-grader Bennett Leisure.
As part of their weekly agenda, this after-school club works together to brainstorm and plan ways to help meet needs in their community as well as how to engage their peers in fun, positive ways.
“I hope that we can plan a dance or fun party for other middle
school students,” shares Torch Club member Lexus Warstler.
Also busy planning ways to stay involved in the community is the club’s high school leadership group, Keystone. Members in Keystone are 9th through 12th grade students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic success, strong character, and service. Last month, this group cleaned the Middlebury Fire Department to pay tribute to servicemen and women in remembrance of 9/11. This month, the group is planning to be involved with Church Community Services’ annual Seed to Feed Potato Harvest, which they participate in annually to help combat hunger in Elkhart County.