This summer, a Buddy Bench was installed at North Ridge Elementary thanks to the Olson Family. The Olson’s wanted a place for students to go on the playground when looking for friends to play with. This had been a great way to build community at recess. Thank you, Olson family, for fundraising to make our Buddy Bench possible!
Tyler Halverson and Zach Halverson, both DC-G students at Meadows, are in a band called Awakening Force. Over Labor Day weekend the band participated in the Iowa Rocks Talent Finals hosted by the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Association and took first place. Congratulations, Tyler and Zach!
Jocelyn Richardson, a first grader at North Ridge, recently celebrated her seventh birthday. She was excited for her presents like many seven-year-olds on their birthday, but she wanted to do something special this year. Instead asking for presents for herself at her birthday party, she decided that she would donate school supplies for her classmates who needed them. She was full of joy as she and her dad delivered the many school supplies to help our families who cannot afford to purchase their own. Jocelyn, her family, and the friends who donated are the epitome of kindness and generosity. Thank you for being selfless and compassionate. We are so proud to have you represent our caring and thoughtful community.
Sarah Capps, an ninth grade student at Meadows, has a passion for helping people. She created a service project for the residence at Spurgeon Manor. She made 35 fleece blankets and wrote an individual card to go with each blanket. “It was so much fun. Seeing their faces and hearing them say thank you was nice. It was also cool to see how happy they were to get to keep the blanket.”
Sarah is involved in 4H and the Meadows 8th grade band. She has spent time volunteering for Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the Grimes Food Pantry. Earlier this year, she applied for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, an honor that highlights middle school students that are making a difference through volunteering. Sarah is consistently choosing to make a difference in her community and positively impact those around her. “It doesn’t matter how old you are. You can do things that make a difference,” she says.
“I am so thankful to have gone to a school where the teachers really care about their jobs and their students. My teachers and coaches prepared me to be successful in college classes. The culture at DC-G is different from many other schools. It’s one of the best around and I feel lucky to have been a part of it.
I also credit my success in football to my high school football and track coaches. I learned about perseverance and knowing that one’s role on a team is important no matter what that role may be. The coaches at DC-G created a family environment that compares to none, teaching us that you win and lose as a team, and it doesn’t matter who gets the credit. I learned the value of hard work and dedication to my sport by playing for such dedicated and caring coaches.”
-Trey Washington, 2017 DC-G graduate now studying Education and playing football at Northwest Missouri State University.