BULLARD, TX (KLTV) - A new tradition is beginning at Bullard High School - the senior community is on the receiving end of the kindness of the young students.
Thanks to a new program at the school called “Seniors Serving Seniors”, senior students like Lawson Barker are volunteering to meet the needs of their senior citizen neighbors.
“You’ve got to remember these people did it all their lives and they did it for us. So, it’s our time for us to give back to them," Barker tells KLTV, “Every once in a while, somebody needs to give back to the people. I mean you do it just to make yourself feel good and to make other people feel good."
Students like Jackson Peer were tasked with completing various service projects that required them to put away their phones and get dirty. Tasks ranged from mowing the lawn, raking yards, painting homes and spending time with senior citizens.
“It’s the principle of it. Just helping when you can. You don’t have to have any special skills to get out and chip paint off the walls or you know painting the siding,” Peer says.
By teaming up with the senior citizens, administrators like Assistant Principal Chris Pawlak hope to spark an enthusiasm for community service in students.
“There’s bigger things than just yourself. A lot of people need help. Give of yourself when you can, where you can and usually it comes back to you,” Pawlak says.
Since many senior citizens are on fixed incomes, the amount of money required to hire professional help would be too costly.
“I really don’t really have any help with my house and I needed help. I didn’t have the funds to do anything with it,” says one woman who benefited from the program.
That's why senior citizens are grateful for the helpful hand at their door step.
“They are going all different directions in my yard, my front yard, my backyard, my side yard, digging and raking and mowing. I’m just so happy," she added.
BHS senior Hannah Stewart responded favorably to the event as an opportunity to meet new people and find a passion to serve the community.
“I think it’s the best kind of good you can get, helping other people and doing something for someone else,” Stewart says.
More than 100 people, including students and staff, were out participating in the day of service.