Students take pride in keeping the new Saugus High School clean and tidy through a new community service group.
On Mondays and Wednesdays, Deputy Director of Operations Stephen Napolitana leads a group of a dozen students in the gardens of Saugus High School to complete various projects.
In the first week of the community service group launch in mid-November, students picked up trash inside and outside the school, delivered office packages to classrooms, and took takes an inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Associate Director Myra Monto explained that the volunteer program allows students to complete the hours of community service required to graduate, in addition to instilling pride in the state-of-the-art college and high school complex that opened the ‘last year.
“It’s part of building a positive culture here,” Monto said.
Freshmen to seniors are eligible to participate in community service group projects.
Students Rose Matthias, Victoria Biegun, Diana Sosa Martinez and Ivy McLaughlin have been assigned to sort PPE on the reserve.
Napolitana explained to the students how to separate the masks, face shields and disinfectant used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the building.
“I signed up because it’s a way of doing community service and helping in school,” McLaughlin said.
Students also helped remove items from bedrooms before Spirit Week activities at school.
Participants in the community service group will hold doors and open doors for events such as basketball games and theater productions.
Napolitana told the announcer he was impressed with the turnout so far and the hard work he has witnessed from the students.
“It’s great to see them take ownership of the building,” said Napolitana.