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Theme School's Builders Club off to first good year

From left to right; Theme School Builders Club members Sherri Oladapo, Jasmine Carrizalez, Deja Kelly, Aleighya Slaughter, Brittany Lewis, Moriah Milon, Isaiah Maddox, Jamya Williams, Jalina Greene, Brittany Baker, Kayla Etheridge, Jordyn Greenwood, Brittany Ulmer, Samantha Cooper, Schuroda Lane, Hannah Lee and Marcelis Greene attended Change the World Day on Oct. 26 at Covington First United Methodist Church. This is the first year that the Builders Club has been at the Theme School. (Special photo)

From left to right; Theme School Builders Club members Sherri Oladapo, Jasmine Carrizalez, Deja Kelly, Aleighya Slaughter, Brittany Lewis, Moriah Milon, Isaiah Maddox, Jamya Williams, Jalina Greene, Brittany Baker, Kayla Etheridge, Jordyn Greenwood, Brittany Ulmer, Samantha Cooper, Schuroda Lane, Hannah Lee and Marcelis Greene attended Change the World Day on Oct. 26 at Covington First United Methodist Church. This is the first year that the Builders Club has been at the Theme School. (Special photo)

COVINGTON – Local middle school students are getting a taste of what it means to give back to the community, as the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett recently launched its Builders Club community service organization charted by the Kiwanis Club.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to display their many talents as well as experience the importance of serving their community,” said Theme School Principal James Meneguzzo. “This is also a great example of a partnership between a school and an organization that is looking to improve on the overall educational experience of our students.”

Placing emphasis on volunteering and the benefits of community service, the Builders Club is the Theme School’s middle school version of the Key Club, and is one of only two chapters in Georgia.

“What our members have learned this year as a part of the Builder’s Club is invaluable,” said Builders Club sponsor Holly Kaas. “They have opened their hearts to help the community, and have witnessed what true volunteerism means. In collaborating with organizations such as Hands on Newton and Keep Newton Clean and Beautiful, their leadership skills continue to grow. We plan to extend our presence within the community and our school next year with more service learning initiatives that they will hopefully carry with them into high school and beyond.”

Builders Club members attended October’s Change the World Day at Covington First United Methodist Church, which included improvement projects at Chimney Park.

According to information from Kiwanis, the Builders Club also participates in other recreational activities such as chili cook-offs, bake sales and barbecue dinners.