EAGLES WITH ENERGY North Collins teacher and student volunteers performed community service, to help with the first Eagle Energy Day event. Photos submitted by Terri Gier.
NORTH COLLINS Eagle Energy Day was an event comprised of 18 faculty members and more than 60 student volunteers from the North Collins Junior-Senior High School. This day was designed to encourage students, staff and faculty members to work together and make a difference in the North Collins community, according to organizers.
The groundwork started during the summer, when Principal Annie Metcalf visited the North Collins Senior Center and spoke with the village mayor, the town supervisor and the superintendent of highways. Fliers asking residents to submit applications for work they needed done were distributed throughout the community. Teacher and student volunteers completed seven projects, by the end of the school day.
Teachers and students arrived in work clothes at 8 a.m. on Oct. 1. Work was done on the large flower box located by Alessi Insurance and Real Estate in the old Speedys parking lot on Main Street. The box was reinforced, stained and replanted with boxwood and mums provided by Alessi Insurance and Real Estate.
The parking lot was also cleaned up and all of the weeds were removed.
Two other groups visited senior citizens homes, to rake yards, clean ranch home gutters and put away summer furniture. Another group cleaned out a shed, filling seven bags and bringing the trash to the curb for the resident.
The largest group went out with five teachers, to complete a 2-mile highway cleanup. The schools resource officer was also involved, as he drove behind the group of students to alert passing motorists. The group proceeded to the Langford Park and, with the support of Superintendent of Highways David Winter, the students and staff members painted the high reaches of a shelter, cleaned up the Boy Scout trails, identified ash trees and planted approximately 40 mums.
Participating staff members included: Dawn Blidy, Lisa Brosnick, Sue Flaherty, Art Gasiewicz, Kathy Hubbard, Kate McCabe, Annie Metcalf, Pat Montroy, Joe Steger, Elaine Verstraete, Jay Walters and Amy Ward.
Student volunteers included: Leah Abad, Clayton Achtyl, Hannah Armbruster, Riley Bartels, Jasmine Bennett, Kara Bliss, Sara Bowman, Maddie Burgess, Arrianna Clark, Ashley Dils, Connor Dosser, Sam Dosser, David Fera, Josh Fera, Jasmine Filkov, Rose Filkov, Tome Filkov, Jewel Flynn, Molly Franz, Hannah Gabel, Serena Gabel, Kim Gick, Shelby Gleason, Michael Gullo, Alysa Hamilton, Tyler Hamilton, Jake Jasinski, Paige John, Wilhelm Kowal, Emma Kron, Tim Kruger, Kourtney Mallaber, Taren Mancuso, Kylie Mathis, Tyler Mathis, Trevor Mercado, Andrew Musacchio, Liz Novoa, Karina Pagan, Angela Paradiso, Chris Pulinski, Conner Renaldo, Jessica Schiffman, Ryan Schiffman, Molly Spengler, Dylan Stefan, Shania Trippy, Rebecca Walden, Chris Weber, Emily Winter, Zack Witkowski, Katie Wittmeyer, Byron Wogoman, Tom Woods, Cody Yetter and Katie Yoder.