Volunteers earn kudos in Colts contest! - January 29, 2007
Shawnee Middle School will be waving the blue and white this Friday when they have a school-wide celebration of the upcoming Super Bowl game. But, their tailgate party will have a slightly different focus than those set for this weekend! Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Feb. 2, the school will be honoring the accomplishments of the Village People of Shawnee Middle School who placed second in the Colts' community service hours contest. Students across the state volunteered to do everything from neighborhood clean-up to tutoring in order to earn enough hours during a two-month period to win the contest. Shawnee students lost by just three hours! A local business donated Colts jackets to the 33 students who make up Shawnee's Village People. Advisors for the group are Jane Sieber, teacher, and Barbara Brockhoff, school assistant. Principal is Linda Faye Johnson. Following are details of the volunteer activities and background about Village People of Shawnee Middle School, in their own words: We are the Village People from Shawnee Middle School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is club sponsored by the Indianapolis Colts to get students involve in volunteering in our local community. Our club members consist of 30, sixth-grade boys and girls. Our name comes from the belief that it takes a village to raise a child. Some of the things we have done include touring the Rescue Mission and then sponsoring a hat day at school to raise donations for the mission. At a homeless center called Karas House, we served dinner, sorted donated clothing and read stories to the children. We visited Red Cedar Center, part of AWS. This is a camp where children with disabilities are brought to ride horses. The motion of riding a horse helps children who cannot use their legs strengthen muscles in them. We helped in the stables by cleaning the horse stalls. For the students in the elementary school across the street from us, we performed a play and distributed homemade toys to a first grade class. We helped the teachers at our own school by washing desks and cleaning computer screens. We also made treat bags for each member of the staff at Shawnee. We picked up trash on the school grounds of other schools and a park as well. We also helped the elderly in the community by raking leaves and visiting 2 nursing homes. Our students contributed over 500 hours of community service in a two-month period. A local business owner heard of our accomplishments and offered to buy each of us a Colts Jacket. Two members of our club were top winners in the Colts state competition. They were Devon Baird with 57.2 hours and Kayla Ellenwood with 52.5. Both students were given tickets to the Colts Verses Miami game January 1. The school is located at 1000 E. Cook Road. For information about the Feb. 2 event, please contact Linda Johnson, principal, 425-7447. Media are welcome.