The students and teachers at R. Brown McAllister Elementary School understand what it means to give back to the community.
In honor of Earth Day, fifth-graders from the leadership group Bobcats on a Mission did a community service project for the American Red Cross in Cabarrus County.
Sponsored by the Concord Civic Garden Club, students were provided with the tools to plant flowers, mulch and develop the front yard as a natural habitat.
"Everything went so wonderfully," said Nancy Litton, executive director at the Red Cross. "I am on Cloud Nine and I think the kids were too."
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Principal Dr. Mason Miller accompanied some staff and 14 students on their walk to the Red Cross on Union Street South.
"I had attended a Red Cross event and made contact with Nancy Litton and we realized that it was right in our neighborhood," said Sandy Bravo-Boyd, second-grade team teacher at McAllister, located on Sunnyside Drive SE. "It was right in a distance that we would be able to service them with projects."
This is the second year Bobcats on a Mission has participated in service projects and it's their second time working with the Red Cross.
Last year they worked on a safety tag project to promote fire safety during the Christmas season, Boyd said. Other projects include can food drives and book and school supply drives.
"There's a set criteria to being in the group," she said. "Students must be role models for the school."
According to Litton, it was a service project that benefits the Red Cross and the McAllister pupils. Students learned about health, safety and the programs Red Cross provides.
"They were a great group of kids," said Litton. "They must have genuinely loved it to do what they did with us. They were very on task and focused."
Some of the funds provided by the Concord Civic Club will be saved for a garden project in the fall. Litton hopes to put some bird feeders up and plant pansies.
"Hopefully, we will have many opportunities and give the school a chance to support us when it's appropriate and in line with what they are doing as well," said Litton.