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2018-06-13 / Academics

Students Donate Weekend Hours To Highway Cleanup

By Melissa Johns


Sidney Central School students from Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter 2934 cleaned up a portion of state Route 8 on Saturday as part of a community service requirement. Pictures in the back row are D. Riesen, L. Pierce, A. Paternoster, J. Dewey, L. Cooper, H. Calkins, A. Neer; in the front row: K. Marquez, M. Phillips, H. Smith and H. Gray. 
Photos Contributed by Sidney Central School Sidney Central School students from Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter 2934 cleaned up a portion of state Route 8 on Saturday as part of a community service requirement. Pictures in the back row are D. Riesen, L. Pierce, A. Paternoster, J. Dewey, L. Cooper, H. Calkins, A. Neer; in the front row: K. Marquez, M. Phillips, H. Smith and H. Gray. Photos Contributed by Sidney Central School SIDNEY- Students involved in the Sidney Central School (SCS) chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society participated in a spring highway cleanup Saturday, June 9.

The Tri-M Music Honor Society is a countrywide school program offered to musically gifted students in grades seven through twelve. As a requirement, members from all 2,000 of the country’s chapters are expected to participate in community service activities. It is projected that the 79,000 students involved in the program will volunteer about 750,000 service hours throughout the school year in their local communities.

SCS instrumental music and music appreciation teacher, Gregg Norris, accompanied around twelve students from grades 10 through 12 to state Route 8 in Sidney, where it took around three hours to cleanup their portion of the road.

“We are always looking for ways for our Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter to be actively engaged in community service. This can be an ongoing effort on our parts,” said Norris, who has taught at SCS for 33 years and originally initiated this project.

To assure the students’ safety during the cleanup, New York State Department of Transportation supplied hard hats and neon, reflective vests, while garbage bags and other materials were provided by the school.

According to Norris, the group became certified last fall when they did their first cleanup project as a certified adopt-ahighway chapter on the designated 1.5 mile stretch of state Route 8.

“I enjoy seeing students giving back to their community in a real, tangible way. My hope is that it instills in them a sense of ownership, not only for the community they live in now, but wherever they live as adults in the future,” said Norris.

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