Granbury High School and STARS Accelerated High School students converged on the community during a Granbury ISD Day of Service on March 2, 2018, to volunteer for and support community and charitable organizations.
GHS groups mentored elementary students during Read Across America Day, washed fire trucks and other emergency vehicles, volunteered at the public library and local churches, and spent time with senior citizens at nursing homes and retirement centers. Volunteers also helped organizations such as Mission Granbury, Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center, Rainbow Room, Hood County United Way, and Granbury Chamber of Commerce.
The Day of Service took STARS students helped clean the Hood County YMCA, distribute groceries at the community food pantry at Granbury First United Methodist Church, read to students at Brawner Intermediate School, and assisted with the community Texas Independence Day celebration.
Acton Middle School and GHS volunteered on the opening date on November 17 followed by Granbury Middle School and GHS students participating on December 13. Elementary school students have been completing a variety of projects on their respective campuses.
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 in 2016, 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.”