Students clean Seminole Heights after Irma
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Remove branches and leaves from yards, the school and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Save a car from damage under a tree.
It doesn’t take a cape to be a hero.
Yesterday, Sept. 15, 33 students cleaned the Seminole Heights area. “Burns asked me to search for a way for the 506 family to give back to the community after the hurricane and once I started investigating, I found that it should be more than just a 506 effort,” junior Harmony Tarpein said. “It should be a school effort to give back to the community around our school.”
For some who live in Seminole Heights, they wanted to help their neighborhood. “I didn’t even hesitate to go to the clean up because Seminole Heights and HHS are my home and the community means a lot to me,” senior Moryah Wells said.
For others, they helped out simply to show their appreciation for the school. “I just thought, you know, the school helps me out a lot, so why not help the school when they need it?” freshman Nicholas Bowling said.
Junior Carlos Romero saw the need and wanted to serve those incapable of cleaning their yards. “I cleaned up because I have grandparents that couldn’t clean up their house either and that got me thinking about how any other grandparents out there can’t clean up their homes themselves so I wanted to help,” he said. “I want to keep it looking nice [and] clean.”
Bowling, who also helped his neighborhood, cleaned the church and attempted to help a woman whose tree fell in her yard. “They were very grateful for the help,” he said. “It made me feel better like you did something useful, you didn’t sit on your couch all day eating chips.”
Another team cleaned an elderly lady’s yard and removed branches from a tree that fell on a car. “I hope when they come home they see that their car is unscratched and nothing happened to it and that they also see their yard is clear and be happy about that,” freshman Alexis Johnson said.
“I was motivated by the awareness that the same blessing I had with the storm not affecting me, not everyone else had,” junior William Andrews said. “So when offered the opportunity to help out with what I could, I had to do it.”