The Day of Giving morphed into this amazing collaboration between hundreds of students and teachers becoming passionate about giving back to our community.
Dalton Middle School students participated in a day of giving back to the community on May 6. Students and teachers looked at issues in the school, community and world to develop the four projects for the day: building sets for the journalism department, assembling 160 blessing bags for families in need, cleaning up litter in the community and a holding a car wash fundraiser for the local girls' home and a partner school in Guatemala.
Success Academy teacher Amanda Triplett said there is nothing more important than teaching students to give back. "When we came up with the original idea, it was about cleaning up the areas where our students hang out, but the Day of Giving morphed into this amazing collaboration between hundreds of students and teachers becoming passionate about giving back to our community."
The projects taught the students lessons about giving and humility, but also about taking care of the planet. The litter team pulled countless tires and an enormous tub filled with water from the roadside. These are prime mosquito breeding habitats. In this way, litter is not only an environmental problem, but a public health problem as well.
As science teacher Sarah Ott explained, "Our students really saw how litter negatively affects our community. The litter we generate here in Dalton makes its way into our waterways. As one of the most diverse rivers in the entire country, the Conasauga river is a truly special place. It was powerful to see our students learning to be protectors of our rivers, drinking water and health."
The nearly 30 students who spent the day washing cars at Trinity Methodist Church earned almost $250 in donations for the Whitfield County girls' home and a partner school in Livingston, Guatemala. This money will be used to purchase equipment like shoes, soccer balls and school supplies.
Students were treated to a lunch trip from Mayor Dennis Mock as a way to congratulate them on their efforts to keep the community clean.