School Profile: East Middle School students see community service through, from start to finish

By: Cecile Juliette Email
By: Cecile Juliette Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Principal Leigh Grasso is a true Grand Junction native. She was born here, and attended Appleton Elementary, West Middle School, Grand Junction High School. and Mesa State College.

Her father, Louis Grasso, was the Superintendent at School District 51 for several years. He passed away last March, but according to Principal Grasso, he was very proud of her accomplishments as an education administrator.

She says her father instilled in her a sense of community service. She says, "I think what people would say about my dad is her really listened to the people he worked with."

Many students put in extra hours after school serving meals to the homeless, sending care packages through Operation Interdependance, making meals at the Gray Gourmet, and hosting fundraisers for energy-efficiency projects.

Camren Thomas is the President of the Junior Service League at East Middle School. He says community service is well-worth the hard work. He says it makes him feel good, and he learns alot. He says, "When I go do the homeless shelter meals, it really opens my eyes. I'm glad I just made this person's day by giving them food."

He says he's also made some friends. "I met this really nice lady, she talked about baseball. It's one of my favorite sports. She was smiling the whole time I was talking to her. I did make a friend."

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  • by szabla Location: gjt on Feb 17, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    This is pure indentured servitude. These children should be “paid” for the work they do except the adults know that is illegal. The teachers are taking advantage of our young children and bypassing the child labor laws. This is a disgusting warped view of child abuse.
  • by Donald Location: Debeque on Feb 17, 2011 at 06:40 AM
    This is a great story. Living proof that some public schools are doing an excellent job with our children. I talked with the East Middle School principal a few months back, and I'm convinced she's a great leader truly working for the kids.
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