Last week was a busy one. On Wednesday, I attended the Roundball Rumble for Roswell with family and friends. This was a basketball game featuring SGI teachers and alumni against some local celebrities, and put on by the high school sports marketing class. The gym was full, it was fun for my girls to see their teachers battling it out on the court, and the best part was that 100 percent of the proceeds went to Roswell Park, a place that is close to my heart, as I’m sure is the case for many.

The following night, my daughter, Ava, and several of her classmates were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. One of the requirements for induction was that each student had to complete at least 10 hours of community service. Ava earned hers by volunteering with two teachers at SES, fostering two dogs and attending a pet adoption event at McKinley Mall.

As a district, SGI goes above and beyond to promote community service. Even at a young age, students are not only encouraged, but required, to give back to their community. Seventh graders have to complete the Kids Can Make a Difference project that spans a majority of the school year. Eighth graders are required to have three hours of service before they can attend their Washington D.C. field trip in the spring. And that’s only in middle school! The possibilities on how and where students can get in their hours are endless. Kids are encouraged to be creative and find things they’re interested in so the “work” doesn’t even seem like work.

Thank you to all the SGI teachers, staff and administration for instilling the importance of service into our children. This is something that will stay with them for a lifetime. As a parent, I also look at it as a way to enjoy a different kind of quality time with my kids. Take a cue from the students in our community. Give back. It feels good!

– Alicia Dziak, Editor, Springville Times