Piedmont High seniors have set aside Tuesday, March 20, to help seniors of another age group. Senior citizens will have PHS seniors at their disposal that day to help spice up their yards and homes. This is the 3rd Seniors Helping Seniors Day, an idea PHS principal Dr. Adam Clemons conceived. Teacher Aaron Studdard will organize it and orchestrate the day.
Those who need leaves raked, shrubs planted, flower beds weeded, storage spaces cleaned, yards tidied, tree branches cut, shrubbery trimmed, gutters cleaned, debris picked up or any general maintenance work can call the school at 256-447-2829 and a work order will be written. Students will move heavy furniture or other items that might be too heavy for the disabled, single mother or senior citizen to move. Small maintenance repairs will be made in homes.
“This is a community service project that we’ve done for the past three years,” Studdard said. “This gives our seniors an opportunity to give something back to the community. It also gives them a chance to invest some sweat equity into the community.”
Studdard estimates that 75-80 seniors will go out. He plans to take his three children out of school that day so they can help. They are in the fifth, fourth and first grades.
The first half of the morning will be spent at the Piedmont Benevolence Center. A bus will take students who don’t have transportation. With permission from their guardians or parents, they’re allowed to drive their own vehicles as long as they stay in groups. No student will be sent to a home by himself. There will be at least two going to a home.
Those who aren’t allowed to leave the campus or ride in other vehicles will work on the school campus.
Seniors Helping Seniors is part of the school’s Piedmont Promise Project, the goal of which is to send students to the homes of the elderly, single mothers or the disabled to gain valuable volunteer hours.
“I think people are just hesitant to ask for help sometimes,” Clemons said remarked last year before the students left for the day. “That’s why we want to make sure folks know we want to help.”
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