DFTBA Don't Forget To Be Awesome

“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 school.

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 day.

· Students that complete volunteer hours outside of school will be able to report their service hours back to Buerkle during lunches.

“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.

· Projects 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.

· Within 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!

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