On two consecutive Fridays, September 7 and 14, learners from Tecumseh East and West STEAM Centers rolled up their sleeves and went to work in the community as a part of their second annual Days of Service.
“The service projects were designed by learners who wanted to give back to the community in some way,” said Mary Tommelein, East and West STEAM Center counselor and event organizer. “The opportunity to work with local organizations helps learners explore their interests, demonstrate appreciation, and serve others; all of which support the district’s Exit Learner Outcomes for Tecumseh graduates.”
This year learners spent time volunteering at the Lenawee Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, Fishes and Loaves, ProMedica Farm, Catherine Cobb, Tecumseh Woodworks, Tecumseh Parks and Recreation, the Tecumseh Scout Cabin, Tecumseh Center for the Arts, Brookside Cemetery, school buildings around the district, and many more.
At ProMedica Farm learners tended the gardens and performed some general clean up. Learners cleared out invasive plant species for Tecumseh Parks and Recreation, and at Brookside Cemetery, learners spent time cleaning gravestones.
“I did the gravestone cleaning last year and enjoyed the experience,” said Allison Dice, learner at Tecumseh West. “It’s nice to give back to my community in a place I enjoy visiting.”
One Tecumseh East learner was part of three generations of volunteers at Brookside Cemetery. Eli Bagby was joined by his father, Patrick, and his grandfather, a Vietnam Veteran, Herb during his day of service.
“I’m glad to have been able to help,” said Herb Bagby. “There are so many people from our community that have given so much over the years.”
Patrick shared in the sentiment.
“It was a great project; it was nice to see how much it meant to everyone,” he said. “A local veteran even came on his own to work with the kids.”
Last year learners who volunteered at Tecumseh Woodworks built benches for Tecumseh East and West. This year they tackled a more ambitious project and constructed a picnic table to provide a new outdoor space for their classmates to enjoy. Tecumseh West learner Cooper Hernandez was part of the team tasked with the construction.
“I think it’s cool that the school organized this and we’re able to see if we want to go into the field we’re working with,” said Hernandez. “I already liked woodworking and this is just reinforcing that.”
Other learners spent time cleaning books at the Tecumseh Library, or baking bread for God’s Bread Basket. The team of learners that went to the Tecumseh Center of the Arts organized lighting equipment for the theatre and beautifying the grounds.
Thank you to each of the locations that allowed TPS learners the opportunity to learn and serve outside the classroom and the community volunteers who came out to make this day a success. This support is critical to the success of the event, and is deeply appreciated.