Granbury ISD students converged on the community during a Day of Service on November 116, 2018.
The day was the first of three, with Acton Middle School and Granbury High School volunteering on the opening date. 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.
Elementary students will be completing community service projects primarily on campus throughout the school year.
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.”
Groups stocked food pantries, performed a free band concert at Acton United Methodist Church, washed fire trucks and school buses, mentored younger students at elementary campuses, and helped clean up the city, parks, and other community areas. Students also pitched in at Camp El Tesoro, nursing homes, retirement centers, and churches.
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.