Newnan High School will hold its first Newnan Gives Back day Saturday, when students and staff members will spend part of their day in volunteer service.
From 9 a.m. until noon, groups from NHS will blanket the local area with acts of gratitude and community service, according to Principal Chase Puckett. Coordinators will divide student volunteers into groups and pair them with local organizations, businesses and locations for service projects.
Nearly 250 students in all grades have signed up to serve, some as part of student organizations and clubs and some as individuals. Puckett said the event gives the school’s volunteers an opportunity to invest in community partners who have supported Newnan High throughout the years.
Administrators, teachers and support staff will supervise and work alongside the students as they join the more than 20 community organizations – including Bridging the Gap, Keep Newnan Beautiful, Abby’s Angels, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Newnan Police Department – already committed to the inaugural Newnan Gives Back event, and students have signed up to complete tasks specific to each.
Those tasks could include landscaping, freshening up a facility or facilitating an event, according to Puckett, who said the partnership models the importance of giving back to local stakeholders and supports the school’s vision to educate the leaders of tomorrow.
Pucket said Newnan Gives Back also serves as a college and career readiness incentive, helping students see a bigger picture by allowing them to understand the value of serving their community through NGB.
“We have seen firsthand the direct correlation between volunteerism and student achievement,” Puckett said. “Our goal through our first Newnan Gives Back Day is to establish an expectation that giving back to our community is a duty and privilege for all students and staff members.”
Next year, Newnan High plans to expand Newnan Gives Back with both a fall and a spring event. Individuals or organizations wishing to partner with NHS for Newnan Gives Back may contact Dr. Allison Hurston or Steve Quesinberry at 770-254-2880.