Parkway Academy Central 111 S West Street
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Dover, DE 19904
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Parkway Academy students take part in day of service
September 17. 2014 10:00AM

Students at Dover’s Parkway Academy Central put away their books Friday to participate in the school’s inaugural Day of Service.

“It’s a day of giving back to our community,” Principal Gail Evans said.

Of Parkway’s 93 students, 66 spent the day gathering food and donations for the Food Bank of Delaware and the Salvation Army, doing cleanup work at Silver Lake Park and around the Salvation Army’s building on Forest Street, and traveling to the Food Bank’s Milford location, where they helped organize the food supplies and packed bags of food.

Their work coincided with a community fair at Parkway Academy North’s Wilmington campus, also organized as part of an International Day of Service by the privately-run academies’ parent company Providence Service Corporation.

Both Parkway Academy Central in Dover and Parkway Academy North in Wilmington provide alternative educational opportunities and mental health services for at-risk and challenged youth, while PSC works to provide home-based and community services to those in need.

The goal of Friday’s events was to encourage Parkway Central students to engage the Dover community and to make those in the community aware of the school and the desire of students and staff to help make Dover a better place, Evans said.

The day began with Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen taking a tour of the school on South West Street.

“I was pleasantly surprised to meet with the dedicated staff of Parkway,” Christiansen said. “They explained the purpose of their school and the efforts to provide continuing education of not only high school students, but middle schoolers. Part of my visit was to see how service to the community was being worked into their studies. [It’s] a very worthy task.”

Initially, some of the students weren’t too keen on participating, Evans said.

“But at the end of the day, they said it was kind of cool, kind of fun,” she said. “One said he thought that Silver Lake was already pretty clean and wondered why we couldn’t go out into a neighborhood that needed cleaning up a little more.”

Evans said it was important to show students the importance of giving back without expecting something in return.

“You’re giving back to someone who needs it more than you do,” she said. “It’s just the right thing to do.”

The project was so well received that there are already plans afoot to hold another community day in the spring, Evans said.

Jamaya Young, Teondre Hanzer, Jadyn Chambers and Jeremiah Stanford finish their cleanup tasks at Silver Lake Park.  

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