Oak Woods School students kicked off the first Granbury ISD Day of Service for the 2018-19 school year during a First Responders Appreciation Day on September 11, 2018.
Students and staff invited law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency response personnel to come by the school for a well-deserved break and receive a goody bag as a token of their appreciation for the first responders’ public service and sacrifice to keep our citizens safe.
This marks the second year for the district-wide community initiative. 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.
Plans are already in motion for other campuses. For secondary-level students, Acton Middle School and Granbury High School will volunteer on Friday, November 16. Granbury Middle School and GHS students will participate on Wednesday, December 19. GHS will take the lead on the final day of Friday, March 1. Some clubs or organizations at these campuses will have ongoing service opportunities.
Students will volunteer in parks, libraries, churches, food pantries, retirement centers and nursing homes, and child-centered organizations. They will also read to younger students at elementary campuses, hang holiday decorations, wash fire trucks and school buses, perform community concerts, pick up roadside trash, and assist charitable organizations.
Elementary students will be completing community service projects primarily on campus throughout the school year, although some of those students will venture out to provide helping hands in the community.
The Day of Service 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.”