First through 6th graders at West Branch Elementary School spent the day fixing the parking lot, pulling weeds and spreading mulch at the Moshannon Valley YMCA as part of a school project.
“We got a field trip here to help the community,” 4th grader Dylan McGonigal said.
These students spent the day helping the YMCA as a reward for being a distinguished reader. A title they earned from points through the school’s Accelerated Reader Program.
“It’s basically supposed to be used as a motivator for students to read. So they take, they read some books and then they take an (accelerated reader) test on them,” West Branch Reading Specialist Ashley White said.
While the students are outside the classroom, they are still learning important lessons.
“There are many people, even adults, who don’t give back to the community. So, we want to start them young and thinking about how they can help; and really have a team effort in making our community great,” West Branch Elementary School Counselor Stephanie Graboski said.
“I like…when I get to help the community, I feel like I’m a good person because I’m doing good things for the community,” 4th grader Nick Parks said.
At the end of the day, the students were also given an ice cream sundae party.