HURRICANE — Hurricane Town Elementary students marked the end of the school year with a special Leadership Day field trip, dedicated to community service. All grades, kindergarten through fifth, traveled to various Putnam County locations, delivering donations and helping out with projects.
The youngest students got to visit the Putnam County Animal Shelter in Winfield, where they donated supplies and had playtime with furry friends. The first grade prepared and delivered care packages for the local Police Department and Fire Station employees. Second-graders donated canned goods to community food banks at the Lighthouse Baptist Church and Teays Valley Church of Nazarene.
Third grade helped out with the beautification project at the Hurricane City Park, while fourth grade delivered care packages to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in Winfield. Finally, the oldest students, who are also this year’s graduates, visited Broadmore Senior Living at Teays Valley, where they met the residents, exchanged life stories, read books and played games, bringing much-welcome entertainment.
The leadership initiative is strong at Hurricane Town.
“Students always have a million ideas, and are so excited to work on their projects,” said Amy Barkley, the school counselor.
The school holds multiple student-led fundraising efforts throughout the year. Some of the remarkable leadership projects from the recent past include Veteran’s Day lunch, where students hosted a free luncheon for local veterans. They also visited veterans at the Veterans Home in Barboursville, bringing with them basic necessities and clothes. Another one was a student-organized Walkathon to raise money for the Teays Valley Park renovation project.
“I love it when the students get an opportunity to practice their leadership skills outside the school walls,” Principal Elizabeth Hoh said.
On a daily basis, Hurricane Town Elementary Students are strongly encouraged to follow the seven effective habits, which help build a strong foundation for success.