FLIP DAY DELIVERS MUCH APPRECIATED VOLUNTEER WORK AND A TASTE OF LIFE AS A FRESHMAN
On January 14, Berkeley 9th graders teamed up with Volunteers of America of Florida to begin exterior and interior beautification projects at its Clear Bay Terrace senior housing program located in Clearwater. The 130 enthusiastic and energetic student volunteers were taking part in the annual Berkeley tradition of “Flip Day” where 8th grade students in the middle division get to experience the upper division for one day while the 9th grade students spend the morning making a positive difference in the world through service projects.
This is the 6th year the school has hosted Flip Day for its students. “Our students are always excited to help in the community. We very much enjoyed working with Volunteers of America of Florida and helping make a positive difference in the lives of the Clear Bay Terrace residents,” said Kim Graham Lawless, Director of Community Engagement and Service Learning.
Projects consisted of planting a rose and vegetable garden for the residents as well as other landscaping projects around the campus. Indoors the students cleaned windows, organized the community library, and helped pass out canned food to the residents.
Back at Berkeley, 8th grade students got a taste of what it will be like to be freshmen at Berkeley. Several upper division faculty members generously adjusted their classroom schedules to accommodate the 8th grade students, who concluded their experience by saying they “loved” their special day and all the upper division teachers they worked with.