"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead. Partnering with Keep Stockwell Beautiful, the fourth and fifth grade students at James Cole Elementary School walked to Stockwell as part of the annual "Cole Kids Clean Stockwell" event. Students cleaned roadsides of trash. This year, with parent volunteers they also rejuvenated Fairview Cemetery where "James Cole", the namesake of Cole Elementary rests. Students used shovels and other garden tools to unbury a lost sidewalk. They loaded debris into trucks and left the cemetery sparkling and fresh compared to what it looked like when they arrived.
"My faith in humanity has been restored. I am so proud of our kids, teachers, parents, and community volunteers," voiced Keep Stockwell Beautiful Executive Director, Kris Ziller. "They were simply amazing.
Cole Kids Clean Up Stockwell has been an annual tradition at James Cole Elementary School for the past 17 years. This focus on giving back to the community supports the school's mission of raising kind citizens.
"Our children always show us the way," stated James Cole Elementary Principal, Mike Pinto. "They love to help and they love to give back. We have such a strong connection with our community and this opportunity allows us a chance to give back to so many who support us. In the process, we have reinforced the value of teamwork, hard work, and volunteerism. What a spectacular day on so many fronts."