Posted: May 22, 2013 4:10 PM by Chet Layman
Updated: May 22, 2013 4:31 PM
BELGRADE - The chant was fight apathy. It was about 800 voices strong. It came from Belgrade High School Honor Society students.
The students were taking part in the Day of Caring. Each was assigned a project and a member of the teaching staff and then it was off to work.
"The Day of Caring is a day where we get our whole student body to go out and we do various community service projects around our community. We like to give back. It's a chance for us to show Belgrade and Bozeman that we do care and we want to give back to you for all they've given to us," Day of Caring organizer Chad Hertz said.
The projects, 48 in all, covered the valley. One involved field prep at the high school softball field. Another focused on beautification at the Chamber of Commerce. Another involved lending a hand at the Bozeman Public Library. A found tackled problems at a favored hiking trail. T
The students' reward for the day's effort was internal.
"Because we want to make our mark on Belgrade. We're leaving and it's the last thing for us and we just figure, go out with a bang and that's the best way to do it. I think we've done that. It's definitely paid off for all of us," organizer Jessica Johnson said.
The seniors who spearheaded Day of Caring know they aren't changing the world with these projects. But they are, if only in a small way, changing some minds.
"We need to go out in to the community and make sure that other people who need it are feeling the love from younger kids, because quite often, high school students are seen as careless and they're going to go out and party, but that's not who we are and we're showing people what we're all about," organizer Cassidy Pfingsten said.
A few weeds were conquered, a few vehicles were cleaned and a few misconceptions were erased.