On behalf of the students, faculty and staff at Scottsville Elementary School, I want to thank the Thomas Jefferson Area United Way and all the volunteers who participated in this year’s Day of Caring on Sept. 22.
Thirty-two volunteers from State Farm the University of Virginia’s Health Sciences computing services, the UVa comptroller’s office, and the UVa Darden School of Business worked on five projects in our school. The volunteers weeded, mulched and pruned the grounds; built picnic tables; organized books; turned two drab bathrooms into works of art, and painted words of inspiration on the walls of our computer lab.
We also want to thank Kelly Weston and Chris Roelofs, two Scottsville Elementary School parents, who organized and supervised two of the projects.
The collective effort of community support has made such a visible difference in our learning environment, and we are so appreciative of the volunteer time and effort to benefit our students.
The United Way Day of Caring is also a wonderful opportunity to teach students about giving back to the community and seeing it modeled in our school provides a real world example for them. The students watched the progress of many of these projects throughout the day.
This was my fourth Day of Caring at Scottsville Elementary School, and we are already beginning to think of projects for next year. It is uplifting to know that we can count on our community’s annual outpouring of support.
Nancy Teel is principal of Scottsville Elementary School.