“DFTBA!” (Don't Forget To Be Awesome!)
A Service Learning Club that is open to all students willing to volunteer.
At Buerkle Middle School, we promote the volunteer spirit through
“DFTBA!” our service-learning club. “DFTBA!” is used as a catalyst to
teach students that giving is part of developing good character. It
encompasses service learning, character education, volunteerism and a
sense of community. This year we are asking every student to volunteer
at least 2 hours – one hour of service in school and one hour out of
We also invite families and staff in giving back to
Buerkle and the surrounding community through service learning. Parents
are invited to spend more time with their middle school child – or
volunteering at Buerkle. They are asked to come to school to assist in
the library, volunteer in classrooms, helping the office—whatever they
are willing to do. Just give us a call.
For the students the
volunteer hours must be just that – they must VOLUNTEER to help someone
outside of their household, or here at school, and not receive any type
of payment for those hours. We will work with the students, striving to
instill in them that their efforts, within their school and community,
can pay dividends and establish good habits that can last a lifetime.
“DFTBA!” volunteers earn a service star that we will prominently display in our school’s main lobby.
· Students that complete hours at school through “DFTBA!” will complete
their volunteer star before they leave MBMS on the “DFTBA!” meeting
· Students that complete volunteer hours outside of school
will be able to report their service hours back to Buerkle during
“DFTBA!” sponsor is Mrs. Wright.
Meetings are held after school from 2:10 until 3:10. Parents are asked
to be here to pick up students by 3:15.
“DFTBA!” service projects can take
place anywhere, but will predominately occur within or related to
Buerkle Middle School and its surrounding community.
at school may include decorating doors; making flyers to place around
the school advertising upcoming events; planting flowers; picking up
litter; creating bulletin boards; and helping teachers.
the community students may complete projects such as: baby-sitting,
cutting a neighbor's lawn, raking leaves, picking up litter near your
home; shoveling snow, decorating at church, working at a pumpkin patch,
helping at a food shelter... the list can go on for quite some time.
“DFTBA!” Catch the volunteer spirit and pass it on!