Beaty Gives students lend a hand

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Beaty-Warren Middle School seventh graders (from left) David Byers, Ryan Fitzsimmons, Matt Freeman, and Kevin Roberts spread mulch Tuesday morning at the Woman’s Club of Warren during Beaty Gives.

Hundreds of students scattered about Warren to pitch in on Tuesday.

Beaty Gives is a project of the sixth and seventh grades at Beaty-Warren Middle School.

Students ventured out to day care centers, nursing homes, city parks, food pantries, and organizations to help make life a little brighter.

Sixth graders went to local day care centers to read to the children there.

Seventh graders signed up to help at parks, organizations, churches, and nursing homes.

“I went to the Watson Home,” seventh grader Eliza Brook said. “I played games with the residents and we talked about things.”

She even learned some Japanese from Mrs. Eden while she was there.

“They were really sweet,” Brook said. “This was different. It was really fun.”

Jordan Young and Sienna Winkle played Uno with Ruth and Wanita.

“We really want to volunteer there. They were really sweet,” Winkle said. “When they smiled my heart was melting.”

“It was amazing,” Young said. “I loved it.”

Ella Getner went to Cambridge Warren.

“We met Lori, Rosie, and Gail,” she said. “We played bingo and Uno.”

“It was really fun,” she said. “I feel like they were really happy we were there.”

Ella Bouchard was packing food in bags at the Salvation Army food pantry.

“They serve 60 people a day,” she said.

The students were enthusiastic about Beaty Gives.

“It felt good to give back to people who are in need,” Bouchard said.

“Time is the best gift,” Young said.

“It’s really nice because we can give back to the community and represent the school,” Getner said.

At the Woman’s Club of Warren, students did some weeding and mulching outside and general cleaning inside.

“The Woman’s Club appreciates the help of the community and these kids,” club member Elizabeth Horsley said. “It takes a lot of work to keep this looking good for Market Street.”

“This is something that student council has wanted for a long time,” Beaty Gives Coordinator Lori Hahn said. “Our goal was the whole school.”

Leadership decided to start smaller than that. Still, the sixth and seventh grades represent over 300 students that went out into the community.

Most of the students put in about a solid hour of work. They walked from school to their destinations, started right in, and, at the end of the shift, walked back.

“In that hour, it really opened their eyes to things they can get involved with,” Hahn said. “I had students that didn’t know there was a food pantry in town… didn’t know what a food pantry was.”

The results were good. “I’ve heard nothing but praise all day long,” she said.