This week, more than 1,000 volunteers from DeSana Middle School scattered around the county to do projects and help out their community for the second annual DeSana Day of Good Deeds.
The event on Monday, which was organized by two DeSana mothers, Jenn Harris and Dawn Bourg, was inspired by Piney Grove Middle School’s annual service day, the Grizzly Great Day of Giving, also held in May.
According to Bourg, 850 seventh- and eighth-grade students, 100 staff members, 70 parent volunteers, did projects at 50 organizations including local elementary schools, Forsyth County libraries, Treat the Troops, Northside Hospital, Senior Centers and Just One Africa.
“DeSana Middle School is the newest school in Forsyth County and is continuing the altruistic nature of its namesake Jim and Jeanne DeSana,” Bourg said after the event held Monday. “D3 Day (DeSana Day of Good Deeds) is an incredible day of community service that is supported by Terri North, the principal of DeSana MS and is spearheaded by a group of dedicated parent volunteers.”
Bourg said that the community projects students completed included,
• Making 1,000 breast cancer awareness ribbons and 100 care bags for chemotherapy patients for Northside Hospital Forsyth.
• Filling 61 boxes with about 885 bags of cookies and 183 letters for Treat the Troops.
• Cleaning tables and chairs in Cumming Elementary School cafeteria, desks and chairs in kindergarten and first grade classrooms, pulling bags of weeds and collecting bags of trash from the playground.
• Widening and restoring up the trail to Whitlow Elementary’s outdoor classroom.
• Playing games and chatting with residents at Phoenix nursing home.
• Painting posts and railings on a riding rink at Brecht Horse Farm.
Bourg said that this event is all about giving back to the community where students can interact with people, animals and organizations that may not be a part of their everyday lives, and hopefully show them skills and attitudes they will take forward into the future.
“Our kids may not totally get it now but our hope is that we are instilling in them what it feels like to work hard for a cause and what it feels like to give back … so that later in life they will choose to support our community with their time, energy, resources and talents,” She said.