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  • Wakulla Middle students look at service projects

    Wakulla Middle School 8th grade AVID students with Dr. Rachel Pienta are Nevaeh Castellano, Marlana Dobbs, Emily Hoffman, Jeremiah Connell, Christopher Self, Logan Petersen, Riley Smith, Jordan Harris, Katelynn Babcock, Annalyn Martin, Alyson Terrell, Josephine Harden, Peyton Griffin, Lonnie Pearce, and Matthew Lane.

    Special to the Sun

    The Wildcats are at it again! This time, making the news in their spirit of service.
    The 8th grade AVID students at Wakulla Middle School have taken on quite the challenge this year. In keeping with the AVID curriculum, students are learning through service and setting the example of youth leadership in their community.
    The students have spent the last few weeks talking about what it means to serve their community, how they can make an impact, and where in the county their vibrant spirit could be used. There were several amazing ideas that the students came up with and when they put it to a vote, ultimately, they chose to benefit the Wakulla County Senior Center.
    Dr. Rachel Pienta, with UF/IFAS Wakulla 4-H, came to talk with the students about the “how” of doing a community service project and walked them through creating their SMART goal. Together with Dr. Pienta and Mrs. Isaacs, the students are developing a plan for both interior and exterior work by setting small and specific goals and timetables for completion.
    The students chose the Senior Center based on the impact of their service they felt they could make. Of their options, this was one that they felt didn’t receive other assistance through the year. Senior Center Director Lara Edwards has voiced her joy at the news that they would be the recipients of such services.
    Students are planning to refurbish and clean the outdoor benches, paint flowerpots and plants new shrubbery and flowers. They are creating a “wishlist” of supplies that the center could use indoors as well to benefit our local seniors.
    Over the next several months, the Wildcats will be asking for community support in the forms of supply donations and/or monetary assistance to help them on this endeavor. Their project will culminate in March just prior to Spring Break.
    For more information on how you can help, please contact Mrs. Isaacs at Wakulla Middle School.