Cleaning up

RFMS students traveled in packs across Aransas County and cleared trash for two hours.

Rockport-Fulton Middle School (RFMS) students spent their Valentine’s Day giving back to the community in a big way. In partnership with Keep Aransas County Beautiful (KACB), 700 RFMS students participated in the first annual Aransas County Day of Kindness Friday, Feb. 14

Morning classes were filled with lessons such as, ‘how and why to volunteer,’ ‘who is KACB,’ and ‘the plastic dilemma in our oceans.’

Students were beaming with excitement as they loaded busses to put those lessons into action.

More than 700 RFMS students, teachers and parent volunteers inundated Aransas County and cleaned 15 areas of the county such as the Seafair grounds, Fulton Beach Road, Shell Ridge road, designated wetlands and roadways.

KACB reported that 1,520 work hours were spent assisting Aransas County.

The Aransas County History Center and the Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary also received attention as Gifted and Talented classes weeded, cleaned flowerbeds, and planted new plants. The group planted 40 native plants for attracting the Monarch Butterfly and contributed 120 work hours to weeding and mulching the gardens.

When students returned to school, they debriefed and wrote about their experiences.

Many students wrote down and shared their thoughts and experiences about the event:

“It was pretty fun and it’s good to know I helped the environment.”

“I got to bond with people and help. I definitely would do this every year.”

“I liked how we all worked together to make our planet a better place.”

KACB President D’Ann Williams and RFMS Principal Christina organized the event.

The Rockport Police Department, Aransas County Sheriff’s Department, Aransas County Navigation District, and Town of Fulton officials were present throughout the event helping students stay safe.

“We thought, after the community gave the school so much after Hurricane Harvey, we needed to do something to say thank you for all the love and support students have received during the past two and a half years,” said Spears. “It was the least we could do to show our gratitude.”

Approximately 5,000 pounds of trash were collected in two hours.

Williams and Spears are planning next year’s event in hopes that it becomes an annual tradition for RFMS.

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