The Tahlequah Public Colleges grounds and upkeep crew offers again to the neighborhood by way of meals and labor donations all year long.
TPS chief working officer Brad Jones stated the varsity’s upkeep and upkeep workers make sandwiches and donate different meals provides to the Tahlequah Day Heart on a month-to-month foundation. Jones stated the crew has been concerned on this for the previous 12 months, which initially began as a household mission.
“What we had been doing [the project] with my daughters after which I stated, ‘That is going to be a terrific alternative for our upkeep and grounds to become involved,’” Jones stated. “So, I talked to them and so they had been all excited and pleased to do one thing that will be constructive for the neighborhood.”
The four-person crew usually makes eight loaves of sandwiches, half with peanut butter and jelly and the opposite half with bologna and cheese. Normally, the group additionally donates a number of instances of water, luggage of chips, and totally different fruits, similar to apples and oranges.
Jones believes that taking part within the month-to-month food-based mission is useful and advantages the neighborhood, as varied folks within the space could also be having a tough time or much less lucky than others.
“It feels good to have the ability to make an affect for somebody,” Jones stated. “You might not know who you are contacting on the time, but it surely’s nearly eradicating a roadblock for somebody on the time, to allow them to get to wherever they must be or no matter they’re doing.”
When the group is not donating to the day middle, they work as a crew sustaining TPS’s exterior. The landscaping and upkeep crew has what Jones says is among the most essential jobs within the district, as they’re accountable for presenting the constructing.
Jones believes the group embodies the spirit of neighborhood by representing what Tahlequah is all about: folks serving to one another. And never solely these in the neighborhood, but additionally one another of their every day jobs.
“We could have the licensed HVAC man assist mow the garden,” Jones stated. “I will exit and assist them mow the garden. It would not matter what we’re doing on a day-to-day foundation. We’re making an attempt to do what’s finest for everybody and I really feel like Tahlequah, since I have been right here, has been that approach.”