Several TWHS service club students spent part of this week outside working on the project. They put down mulch, planted bushes and white dalhias, and tried to further beautify the school.
“The science classes think it’s a good idea,” Marshall said. “It gets them outside. We’ve had several other teachers take their kids out on a nice spring or fall day and sit on the sidewalk and in the grass. Why sit in the grass and dirt and sidewalk in their nice clothes? I wouldn’t mind taking my classes out occasionally.”
Marshall and Lewis agree with how important the service club has been to the high school experience of countless students over the years, and Marshall says that’s because the success of it is put in the hands of the students to make it work.
“When I was a freshman, I joined because there would be lots of field trips,” laughs Lewis, “but I realized it was very influential and the more experience I got helping people and the environment, the more I realized it was becoming a big part of my life. It’s encouraged me to do so much community service.”
Other projects they’ve done include providing care kits for Sheltering Wings and building a bridge at McCloud Nature Park in North Salem. One group saw a need for more trees to beautify Pittsboro and they planted them in the park.
“I think for this club to be successful, it’s the kids that have to drive the idea,” Marshall said. “If the teacher drives the idea, they’d get bored quickly and it’d disappear. But the kids wanted to lead, learn, and do different things in the community for the good of the community.”
Students also refurbished a memorial garden dedicated to the memories of Jennifer Atkinson and Melissa Ellis, who died in 1999.
There is no timetable for the final completion of the outdoor learning center. That too is open ended with regards to how quickly the club wants to proceed in the coming years. The benches will be added by the end of the year.