It would be easy to take for granted the swarms of fourth and fifth graders around the little town of Stockwell wearing orange and yellow vests, wielding trash bags, rakes, and shovels as something you see every year about this time. But that would be a shame because part of the culture of James Cole Elementary School is built around Life Skills and the concept of "Doing the Right Thing" and "Treating People Right". Each year students in the fourth and fifth grade at Cole Elementary walk to Stockwell to participate in Keep Stockwell Beautiful's "Cole Kids Clean Up Stockwell". They clean roadsides, plant bulbs, rake leaves, and beautify the area. This effort is coordinated by Keep Stockwell Beautiful's Chairwoman of the Board, Kris Ziller, and is a way for the Cole students to volunteer, to give back, and in line with the school's mission statement to 'grow into kind citizens'. This yearly endeavor requires effort and coordination on the part of volunteers and teachers. It also takes commitment to a grander picture of what we want from our children. Cole Elementary School students give back each year. It's a tradition many look forward to as they grow through the grade levels. It's also something the entire staff and community hopes sticks with these children into adulthood. It's also something not to be taken for granted.
Cole Kids Clean Up Stockwell