Middle School students spread out across Hampton Roads on Friday as part of PAWS For A Cause volunteer projects.
Almost 350 students were joined by more than 40 faculty members in the community service. They visited more than 20 locations, cleaning, organizing papers, and handling a host of other responsibilities.
"I continue to be humbled by and impressed with the way that our Middle School students support the agencies and schools in our greater community," said Elizabeth Glassman, who teaches biology and serves as a community service program coordinator at Norfolk Academy. "Showing the kids that we intentionally pause academics to reach out to others sends a strong message that we hope they will carry for a lifetime. I cannot think of a better way to demonstrate the importance of our Year of Belonging."
The list of places the students helped included Operation Smile in Virginia Beach; Norfolk Botanical Garden; the Ida Barbour Early Learning Center in Portsmouth; and the East Suffolk Recreation Center. It also included some public schools.
“Everything you’re doing has a great impact,” Chelsea Mandello, Chief Executive Officer for Troopster, told the students. She kicked off the day as a guest speaker; Troopster is a nonprofit charity that aims to boost morale in the Armed Forces community.
PAWS For A Cause is just one of many volunteer efforts Norfolk Academy students undertake each year. Also on Friday, Upper School students helped with a blood drive and Lower School students raised money to aid those impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
Check out these photos to see all the good work the Middle Schoolers did today!