The following information was provided by the Kirkwood School District.
Kirkwood School District (KSD) students and staff from Keysor Elementary School, Tillman Elementary School and Westchester Elementary School participated in a morning of community service Thursday by raking leaves and cleaning up yards immediately surrounding the school.
Kirkwood resident Evelyn Smith had her yard raked by a group of Keysor students.
“We just love seeing the kids. We are so grateful for all the work the kids do,” said Smith.
Gary Krekow, who lives near Westchester, wrote a note of thanks to the school echoing the sentiment.
“It is very encouraging to know that the students of Kirkwood Schools are learning the value of positive community involvement and that they are actively putting this value into practice,” wrote Krekow.
The morning of service was part of the KSD character educational equity program UNITE (Uniting all students to learn about our Nation and other nations In a manner that empowers them To serve and accept all people with Empathy and compassion). Throughout the year, KSD schools participate in service learning projects.
By participating in the projects, students become more knowledgeable of concerns and problem solving opportunities around which they can offer solutions and make meaningful contributions to create an environment that guarantees respect, understanding and openness towards others.