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Fridley Middle School Builders Club, Student Council participate in Night of Service
Contributed by Builders Club Publicist Ethan Andler, 7th Grade, Fridley Middle School
Always willing to lend a helping hand, the Fridley Middle School (FMS) Builders Club and Student Council participated in a Night of Service on January 24, 2019. An annual tradition, a Night of Service involved over 30 students from both clubs who participated in various service projects to benefit the school and the surrounding community.
To help out their own school, the students worked with their grade-level classmates to clean their teacher’s classrooms. Each grade used a cart full of cleaning supplies and was responsible for cleaning their grades’ classrooms - from wiping down desks, cleaning windows and door handles, to sweeping the floor and dusting.
Students also participated in activities to assist those in the Fridley community. This year, the Builders Club and Student Council partnered with the Simpson Housing Services - Bell House. The organization helps thousands of people who are homeless to find housing, support and shelter.
Students put together sandwiches to donate to the shelter and worked together to create 20 tie-fleece blankets. Students chose to donate these items as an act of kindness, to serve as a reminder that everyone is cared about and supported.
FMS 7th grade student Anna Nordin said she enjoyed contributing her afternoon to a Night of Service. “It was a good learning experience,” said Nordin. “It’s good to help the community and do something productive with my time.”
FMS 7th grade student Ethan Andler said he likes to help out whenever he can. “I like to participate because many people will use these items and benefit from the things that we made. It was a fun experience and made me feel good because I know that these items are needed.”
Fellow student 7th grader Sam Meisner echoed Andler’s views. “It’s really fun, and I like helping my community,” he said.
FMS Builders Club and Student Council advisors Stephanie Sharpe, Sarah Bennek, Blair Berger, and Mary Bowen arranged the afternoon’s activities.
According to Bowen, students learn a great deal from partaking in activities to help others.
“It is a great opportunity for our students to take pride in themselves, as well as their school, community and fellow workers,” said Bowen. “They gain experience working as a team, taking turns with the different jobs. And at the end, when they viewed the clean classrooms, tied-fleece blankets and nicely made sandwiches, it was obvious that they were thrilled at what they accomplished and that it was all towards a good cause. I’m so proud that our Fridley students take such pride in these tasks.”