Elementary schools have joined the Granbury ISD Day of Service movement by volunteering in the community and completing volunteer work for charitable organizations.
The young students at Acton Elementary School, Baccus Elementary School, Brawner Intermediate School, Mambrino School, Oak Woods School, and Roberson Elementary School all are participating in the community service initiative.
At Mambrino, students packaged 15,736 meals for Kids Against Hunger, a national non-profit organization focused on eradicating hunger through the packaging of highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice casseroles by volunteers and distributing those meals to starving children and families in 70 countries through partnerships with humanitarian organizations worldwide.
Fifth graders at Nettie Baccus Elementary School undertook several projects. They raised funds for Christmas stocking for children undergoing chemotherapy treatments, collected can goods for a local food pantry, and spent time playing games and serving at the Hood County Senior Center.
For students in grades 6-12, Acton Middle School and Granbury High School volunteered on the opening date on November 17 followed by Granbury Middle School and GHS students participating on December 13. GHS students will again converge on the community on the final day of Friday, March 2.
Groups bagged weekend food bags, cleaned and tended to landscape at city parks and county facilities, washed fire trucks and school buses, mentored younger students and elementary campuses, helped district technology staff, volunteered at the public library, and provided assistance to organizations such as the Christian Service Center, People Helping People, Joseph’s Locker, the Rainbow Room, and the Hood County YMCA. Choir students also performed at concert of Christmas carols at Arbor House Memory Care of Grannbury.
Service was a central objective of the GISD 2020 strategic plan adopted in May 2013, encouraging students to participate in volunteer activities to assist community organizations and agencies that support the public.
The idea was borne out of the designation of AMS as a Texas School to Watch last year, when the school led a service day just before Thanksgiving. The goal was to “shower our community with many blessings,” according to principal Jimmy Dawson. The students and staff wanted to “completely flood Granbury to lend a helping hand, give someone some encouragement, help a neighbor, or simply just lift some spirits at Thanksgiving time.”