By Beth Clark
Anderson Community Schools
---- — Friday, Aug. 30, was a banner day for the Anderson Community School Corp. About 400 incoming Anderson University freshmen arrived by the dozens at various schools throughout the district. Orange shirts dotted the landscapes as the many students engaged in activities from painting dugouts at Anderson High School to painting soccer goals at Valley Grove Elementary.
Many flower beds were given new life across the Corporation. Butterfly gardens were planted at Valley Grove with the help of second-graders equipped with peat moss and AU students equipped with shovels and trowels. According to Jan Koeniger, principal, a butterfly appeared right on cue as the planting was completed. Three- and 4-year-olds at the Southview Preschool ended the week a bit wet, a bit muddy, but very happy with their newfound friends and gardening mentors as about 60 day lilies were added to their new gardening area.
At Erskine Elementary, sod was laid and trees planted. Anderson Elementary saw storage rooms transformed into examples of organization. At Highland Middle School, mulch was spread and stones added to walkways. Many locations boast the absence of weeds now and the addition of sparkling clean windows. Eastside, Edgewood and Tenth Street experienced general cleaning and tidying up of the grounds surrounding the schools.
On behalf of the students and staff of the Anderson Community School Corp., this letter is intended to express our extreme gratitude to Anderson University and this great group of new students who have taken this initial opportunity to demonstrate their collective spirit of service and community building. As these new scholars matriculate as Ravens, they have already become benevolent and contributing role models for the students of Anderson Community Schools.
Special thanks goes to organizers, Abbey Knowles and Sarah Hatfield, who worked with Greg Kalisz, student services director, to organize the day for the best potential benefit to Anderson University and Anderson Community Schools.
Great job, well done!
Beth Clark is assistant superintendent of Anderson Community School Corp.