Number of Participants: 40
Hours Donated: 12
Value of Time Served: $4,056
Event Type: Schools
School: Waterloo High School
Date: April 5, 2021
Waterloo High School
Stark Street, Waterloo
We have approximately 40 students in Varsity Club this year. In the current educational system we have only been able to meet virtually but have managed to have an online “tail gaiting” party watching a pro-football game together while we Zoomed, met each month to promote athletics through our social media accounts and finally prepare for our all seasons sports banquet in June. Obviously we have had to make some changes to our format for the banquet and the students have an intricate part in planning it. Our elected officers are speakers at the sports banquet which we had on our districts youtube channel this past year. I assume we will do the same again unless state guidelines change. We have also given rewards in the club for completion of the NYSPHAA leadership/captains courses online throughout the year. Our Athletic director is big into promoting the sportsmanship initiative through them.
There is a lot of history with the garden that the Varsity Club worked to overhaul the other day. It was initially dedicated to a varsity wrestler that died in 2009 in an automobile accident. The event shook up the school quite a bit as you can imagine. After the 2010 class graduated the flower garden fell into disrepair. As a focal point for those working out, specifically on treadmills in the fitness center, we thought that it would be appropriate for Varsity Club to take it over and re-vamp it.
The idea came from a student athlete that frequents the weight room often and when combined with cause of our former athlete taken too soon, we believed it was right to fix the location. Right now we have invested about 3 hours into the clean up but there will be multiple levels to the project. I have not arranged this yet, but I am hoping to have our student athletes that work in the technology education room create a plaque for an adjacent rock to memorialize JT Thomas memorial garden. I would assume that design and creation will take 2-3 hours of work. Later in May we will pressure wash the stone border and purchase plants and flowers for the garden. We may build a trellis for a climbing plant but we are not sure yet what we will exactly put into the garden. I would project that will take another 3-4 hours of work.
All in all the project will take 10-12 hours of community service. Each fall and spring I would like to continually work on the garden to ensure that it does not fall into similar condition again. We have a great group of young adults that support our school in a positive manner and will undoubtably represent us in their endeavors in a great way. They are all thoughtful and considerate, truly leaders within the school.