On Sunday Nov. 13, almost fifty children from the Chenery Middle School raked leaves for senior citizens in town.
They met at noon in the Chenery parking lot, were divided into groups of three to five students, and were transported to the various homes by parent drivers.
As members of the Community Service Club at Chenery, under the direction of 7th grade Social Studies teacher Richard Kleponis, the children raked a total of eighteen yards. This particular project was done in conjunction with the Belmont Council on Aging, who provided the leaf bags and identified the elderly who could use help raking their yards. Given how busy children are these days, it's remarkable how many children spent their entire Sunday afternoon helping the elderly in town.
Kleponis has been the adviser to the Community Service Club for 25 years and he says "it's been an absolute pleasure. I really enjoy teaching and often think about what a wonderful opportunity I have to teach such great students. Being involved with these boys and girls as they participate in activities that help others, always increases my respect and admiration for them."
In addition to raking leaves every fall, some annual programs that the Community Service Club at Chenery participates in include organizing a Chenery food drive to benefit the Belmont Food Pantry, playing floor hockey and basketball with Special Olympians, and taking trips to a local nursing home where the children visit with residents as well as perform for them.
According to Kleponis, "it’s a win-win as the club members are engaged in activities that help others throughout the year while simultaneously developing their own individual sense of kindness and empathy."
Submitted by Heidi Steinert