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Smith Gives Back with Adopt-a-Street

Members of the Smith Middle School community worked together to clean their neighborhood at the second annual Adopt-a-Street.


With gloves on and trash bags ready, Phalen Leadership Academy (PLA) scholars, teachers and families, along with students from Beaumont’s Early College High School, worked together in groups, starting at the campus and spreading out to Concord, Carlisle and Pinkston Streets.


“Everyone had so much fun giving back to the community that we finished in two hours,” said Smith counselor Juanda Bryant. "One student volunteer found a $10 bill and another discovered tires that will go towards our football team workout.” 


The event was hosted to clean up the area around the campus, but also to show leadership in action through community service. 


“This Buffalo Nation gives back to their community and demonstrates their character building and leadership in action by working together,” said Justin Blackstone, PLA Director of Philanthropy. “They are showing their core values of determination and continuous improvement.”


Bryant said she is proud of the students and families that woke up on a Saturday morning to participate in a cause bigger than themselves. “As part of their participation, we gave our students $20 Buffalo Bucks to use in our Buffalo Store,” she said. “The Beaumont Early College students received honorary $20 Buffalo Bucks and our teachers received teacher bucks to purchase items from Mack's Boutique, which is our principal's stash of prizes for teachers.” 


Plans are underway to continue the schoolwide activity every semester.


“It’s important for our scholars to learn that what you put in, is what you get out,” Bryant said. “Community service allows one to serve a purpose bigger than you. It is an unselfish act and you will become a better person for it.”