(ATLANTIC) Atlantic High School students were scattered throughout the city this morning performing odd jobs. This is the school’s way of giving back to the community, according to Atlantic High School Principal Heather McKay, who officially names it the school’s annual “Community Beautification Day.”
“Whenever I think about Atlantic, this is where I want to raise my family and the reason is because of the community,” said McKay. “People have a real sense of taking care of one another and they do so much for the schools that this is an opportunity for our students to give back to a community that constantly gives to them.”
McKay says this is what parents are constantly trying to instill in their children and this is a way the school can enforce that.
McKay said students began their work at 8:00 a.m. and wrapped up by 11:30 a.m.
“We’ll be all over the community, in fact, we’ll go as far out as the T-Bone trail doing all kinds of different tasks that different areas have requested some assistance in; we’ll go to the nursing homes, do some general clean up, some painting, working with Park and Rec….Mr. Herring and JoAnne Runyan have really been amazing individuals in helping get this all set up,” said McKay.
“You see real character come out in kids and we have so many positives that people need to be reminded that we’ve got great kids in this community,” said McKay.
April 25, 2012