Fishers Junior High School traditionally completes a day of service to conclude the school year, and this year was no different. Assistant Principal Tige Butts said annual event is the brainchild of Mike Jansen, an English teacher at the school.
“One of the teachers here, for many years, has traditionally done a pay-it-forward project. He had an idea through the Guiding All Kids initiative, which is now the Comprehensive School Counseling Initiative, so with that, the thought process was how can we, as a building, take that paying-it-forward and make it a day of service?” Butts said.
Butts said students help clean up local parks, the YMCA and trails. Students also performed music at area nursing homes.
In addition, students made improvements to the the school building by laying mulch, painting benches and picking up around the gardens.
“(Fishers) Mayor (Scott) Fadness came in the morning and was a guest speaker and gave information about what it’s like to serve our community and serve others,” Butts said.
The day wrapped up with Fishers High School students presenting to FJHS students about service and serving others.
“It’s not just a one-day thing, but it’s about how can you be someone who serves other graciously?” Butts said. “It’s a huge undertaking. There’s close to 1,000 kids just in this building.”
Students split up into groups of 20 to 30. For more, visit fjh.hseschools.org.