Twenty-five Students from NJHS Have Already Helped to Clean the North and South Sides of Bell Road from Bullard to Reems
SURPRISE, Arizona—The seventh and eighth-grade students who are in National Junior Honor Society at Arizona Charter Academy are always looking for ways that they can help out in their local community.
Recently, the students’ wish was fulfilled when the school’s chapter of NJHS was approved for an Adopt-a-Street project in Surprise.
Amie Lee, a 7th and 8th-grade math teacher who works with the students in NJHS, said the idea to apply for the Adopt-a-Street project came directly from the NJHS students.
“One part of being a member of NJHS is to be a good citizen in your community, school or other organizations,” Lee said.
“At the beginning of the school year the members come up with a list of projects we can do together to meet the required service hours per our school year. Adopt-A-Street is one of the projects we will be working on this school year.”
Lee said the students in NJHS have been assigned both the north and south sides of Bell Road, from Bullard to Reems. Twenty-five students signed up for the first cleaning job, which took place on a recent cold morning.
“We picked up litter and trash for two hours, and we wore safety gear that was issued by the City of Surprise,” Lee said, adding that this included safety vests, hats, gloves, and eye protection.
“The NJHS members also wore long sleeves, long jeans or pants, hard soled shoes or boots, protective eye gear and sun screen. The bags that we filled were placed near the side of the road and we contacted the Public Works Department to remove them.”
“At Arizona Charter Academy, we are always proud when our students pursue community service projects,” said Principal Heather Henderson.
“The Adopt-a-Street project is a wonderful way for our students to get involved and do something tangible to help the community.”