Volunteerism will take on new meaning for 195 seventh-graders pledging to jointly perform 1,000 hours of community service.
The seventh-grade class at West Junior High School plans to collectively pledge 1,000 hours of volunteer service to the Lawrence community.
"We feel like community service is an important concept for kids to understand," West Principal Mick Lowe said Thursday.
At 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, seventh-graders will convene in the school's auditorium for a kick-off assembly. That meeting will be used to formally introduce the program to all students and emphasize the value of volunteer community action. The school's business partner, Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate, will provide doughnuts and drinks.
"We're going to make a big deal out of it," Lowe said.
Geography teacher Sue Lewis came up with the idea, which was informally embraced by students at West. Many already perform community service through youth and church organizations.
The school's 195 seventh-graders will be encouraged to get involved in a broad range of volunteer activities, said English teacher Jackie Stafford.
"We're hoping kids will provide about five hours each," she said.
Stafford said she didn't anticipate difficulty reaching the 1,000-hour goal.
"We think it will be easy. I'm assuming that there will be kids that go well beyond that milestone."
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