Fort Frye students spend day sprucing up the community

CHAD PLAUCHE-ADKINS The Marietta Times The bushes along the Beverly Volunteer Fire Department building get groomed on Monday by Jacob Lang.

BEVERLY–Beads of perspiration glistened in the Monday morning sun as students from Fort Frye High Schools spent the day making their community a better place to live.

For the fifth year in a row, the students took on clean-up projects in Beverly, Lowell and Lower Salem, in order to help the villages that are home to Fort Frye’s pupils. For this year’s event, more than 20 groups of up to 18 students worked around their community to help beautify and build pride in the people that form the Fort Frye family.

Casey Brooker, 15, a freshman at Fort Frye High School, wiped sweat off of his brow after hauling mulch and placing it around trees and flower beds in Dodge Park. He said he enjoyed participating in the community service work day.

“It’s good,” he said. “It helps the community and makes it proud.”

Jacob Lang, a 16-year-old freshman who was trimming the bushes outside the Beverly Volunteer Fire Department, said he wanted to help the people that ensure the safety of the residents in his hometown.

CHAD PLAUCHE-ADKINS The Marietta Times Casey Brooker works up a sweat hauling mulch on Monday at Dodge Park in Beverly.

“It’s good to give back to the others that help,” he said.

John Bostic, a social studies teacher at the high school, said after a month of year end testing, the students were ready to participate even more than the faculty. He said the traditionally good weather has enabled his students to make sure Beverly and the other district communities know how much the school appreciates their participation in helping its students succeed.

“They give us so much,” he said. “We can give one day at least.”

Special education teacher Derek Sidwell walked with two of his students, Russel Brooker and Justin Carpenter, collecting litter in the neighborhoods of Beverly. He said Monday’s cleanup helps all students understand and appreciate their communities.

“It’s important to show them what true community service is like,” Sidwell said.

Clea up activities weren’t limited to only the community, though. Students worked on projects around the school, too. They cleaned out classrooms, painted outside equipment and had a fundraising car wash in the parking lot. Even a home on school property rented by Debbie Misel, a math teacher at Fort Frye, was given a good helping of elbow grease from the students.

“They pulled weeds, planted flowers and cleaned up the beds,” Misel said.

“I think it’s important to give back,” she said.

Classes and projects

•Alicia Carter’s eighth grade class: Planting and cleaning flower beds at Appletree Assisted Living.

•Lacey Worthington’s seventh grade class: Visited residents at Appletree Assisted Living.

•Kathy Allen-Bidwell’s ninth grade class: Cleaned art room.

•Derek Sidwell’s special education class: Cleaned up streets in Beverly.

•Bobbi Webb’s 10th grade class: Picked up trash and weeded Beverly-Center Elementary.

•John Bostic’s ninth grade class: Cleaned up Beverly Volunteer Fire Department.

•Jennifer Tatalovich’s seventh grade class: Prepared pool for summer use.

•Monica Carhuay’s ninth grade class: Maintained the four welcome signs into Beverly.

•Teri Huck and Dan Liedtke’s seventh grade classes: Cleaned up around football stadium and school.

•Debbie Misel’s eighth grade class: cleaned up flower beds and planted flowers at Misel’s home on school property.

•Eric Huck’s 12th grade class: Painted football blocking sled.

•Stephanie Marshall’s 10th grade class: Removed trash from Buell Island and Lowell.

•Mark VonKennell’s 10th grade class: Cleaned and painted in Lower Salem.

•Tracey Huck’s 10th grade class: Cleaned and removed weeds from Salem-Liberty Elementary.

•Lisa Lang’s FFA group: Cleaned and maintained FFA garden.

•Marla Hoerst’s eighth grade class: Landscaped and shoveled at Muskingum Valley Nursing Home.

•Ali Baker’s eighth grade: Weeded and raked at the Beverly Senior Citizens Center.

Source: Linda Lawrence, Fort Frye High School secretary.