Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cleanup Artists Show Panther Pride

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cleanup Artists Show Panther Pride

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PALM VALLEY -- Panther pride was overflowing Saturday as more

than 270 students, teachers and parents showed up at Allen D.

Nease High School to help clean up the school.

"I've been pleasantly surprised. There were far more people

there than I ever anticipated," Principal Bill Mignon said. "It

was a highly organized and orchestrated event that came together

beautifully."

Mark Little, sponsor for the Student Council; Lauren Schmidt,

student council president; and Kara Rashba, president of the

inter-club council, worked for months to organize the event.

Cleaning gum off the sidewalk, scrubbing and painting the

bathrooms, pressure-washing the sidewalk, renovating and

cleaning the main office, painting panther paws along the

entrance road to the school, picking up trash around the school

and installing $1,000 worth of plants in the courtyards were

only a few of the jobs tackled Saturday.

"I think it went great. We wanted to get kids to take more

pride in their campus and work together, building a spirit of

community," said Pat Brace, president of the

Parent-Teacher-Student Organization, which donated the shrubbery.

"I this it's good for the school and for the environment," said

11th-grader Jen Brace, who helped clean and paint the bathrooms.

"All the trash is being picked up and it might influence them

not to throw it on the ground anymore. I also think we had a

great turnout."

According to parent Debby Teague, more than 20 clubs and

organizations participated in the cleanup. "All of the clubs and

organizations operate independently and to have them all come

together like this is heartwarming. What better reason to get

together than to do this."

"I think it's fantastic," said Bob Carson, assistant principal.

"When kids take ownership like this, it makes them feel like

[they are] a bigger part of the Nease family."

The students who participated in the day's activity received a

certificate showing they earned community services hours, which

can be applied to the required 75 hours they need to apply for

certain scholarships. …

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