By KAROLYN GEPHART
Helping others through community service can be what makes communities great. The recent Service Project at Rogers Middle School in Pearland encouraged children to understand what community spirit was and how it felt to give back to others.
The Service Project was open to both fifth and sixth grades that make up the middle school campus in PISD. The students were asked to help in their community.
Students could select a partner but not all did. Some raised money and some performed good works like reading at a retirement home or playing an instrument for the residents’ enjoyment.
Following the assignment, a Service Fair was held. Families and friends were invited to attend to view displays of work as well as hear individual presentations.
Posters and display boards were set up in the cafeteria and students manned their place to give an explanation of their service to those who stopped to view their display.
Some of the charities the children raised money for and donated to included Houston Humane Society, Toys for Tots, Ronald McDonald House, Chance for Hope Foundation, and Orchard Park Assisted Living.
To raise funds, some students sold hot chocolate and cookies, collected supplies and food, held dog washes and made rubber band bracelets to sell.
“One young lady even displayed her poster detailing how her church member went to Guatemala to build a house over the Christmas break,” Debra Davison said. “The whole show was quite impressive and not just because my grandson had an entry. It makes you happy to hear so many children talking excitedly about how they helped others.”
Rogers Middle School is located at 3121 Manvel Road in Pearland.