Charter School students help clear leaves from around the camp showers
at Kohler-Andrae State Park. The students were working to reduce garlic
mustard along the park's roadways, and raked leaves on Tuesday, May 12.
Using the democratic process, students at the
school chose their annual act of altruism from a large number of worthy
causes. Last year, the students had raised awareness of the plight of
homeless animals and collected food and supplies for the Sheboygan
County Humane Society. This year, the environment drew their concern
and so they volunteered their services at Kohler-Andre State Park where
they worked for a morning performing tasks that require many workers
and will make a difference to those who enjoy the park.
students and their teachers, Mrs. Kathy Nelesen and Mrs. Sandy Spatt,
raked and disposed of fallen leaves. They were also instructed by a
master gardener on how to remove wild garlic mustard that has invaded
the park and blocks the growth of many of Wisconsin's native species.
asked about the importance of altruism, one student offered the opinion
that "not helping someone when they need it is the same as hurting
them. That's why it is important to help others every chance we get."
student said that the experience made him more aware of the
opportunities to make a difference in the world, especially to the
A2 Charter School is a
school of accelerated academics for self-directed fourth and fifth
graders. For more information, visit the school's website.