Iowa Students are Helping the Elderly and Disabled

Iowa Students are Helping the Elderly and Disabled

The Iowa students are helping their community with a new program that gives them high school PE credit for doing yard work for the elderly and disabled.

You’re down on your knees pulling weeds, up on a ladder cutting off errant tree branches, and pushing a heavy lawnmower that never seems to start on the first try.

This lawn work is so physically intense and not everyone can afford a gardener. That’s why the elderly and disabled are having a hard time and often they let their lawn dirty.

mowing the lawn

Fortunately, the Alternative Learning Center students of Dubuque, Iowa came to help.

They have a program wherein the teens visit the homes of the elderly and disabled to help them out by raking leaves, pulling weeds, cutting grass, and cleaning gutters.

Teacher Tim Hitzler created the program because it helps the Iowa students get involved in the community while helping those who need it most.

team work

“The students aren’t typically too excited at the beginning but once they get involved and start doing the yard work they become more motivated,” Hitzler told KWWL.

“What they really like is A: helping people. They really like giving back to people and meeting the person.”

Nick Colson, a 17-year-old student at the learning center, said that the program allows him to meet people he wouldn’t have otherwise. “I’m more of like go-to-school-go-to-work-home-repeat kind of guy,” he said.

“So, to me, I probably would not have met any of these people.”

This is a great program that every school should do. It allows the students to learn how to be involved in the community and at the same time earning their physical education credits.

We wish that many schools will see this so that they can learn from it.

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