A team of 33 Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School students spent Sept. 15 sharing their skills as part of the local “Block By Block” flood recovery program.
“The student service group wanted to help fellow citizens who are still recovering from the flood of 2008,” explained Brian Reynolds, teacher and service group advisor. “The group had worked last year mucking out flood damaged homes and was interested in doing more.”
The day of volunteering included a morning of painting, with some students priming and painting the exterior of a house while others painted interior walls, from the basement to the second floor. After a lunch break, the teen volunteers were back at work, this time emptying and dismantling a flood-damaged garage.
“This type of service project helps student recognize that they really can make a difference in our community,” Reynolds added. “It also helps to encourage students to continue volunteering throughout their lives.”
During the school year, the Jefferson service group will also be involved in volunteer projects supporting Habitat for Humanity, Greene Square Meals, Bowling for Kids Sake, Sleep Out for the Homeless, and Waypoint Wonderland, as well as a breast cancer awareness walk/run and a series of food/clothing/toy drives to benefit local organizations.