Lindbergh High School students in Jim Goodwin’s SkillsUSA student leadership program believe in doing their part in school and throughout their community.
The group recently braved a downpour to pick up trash and debris along a stretch of Maple Valley Highway as part of their ongoing community service projects. So many students volunteered for the work that another teacher, Gene Kolczynski, was recruited to help drive students to their work location.
Students in Lindbergh’s SkillsUSA program—a career and technical program that helps train students in technical, skilled, and service occupations—adopted about two miles of the Maple Valley Highway, just east of 140th Ave. S.E., near the school. They wanted to have a recurring opportunity to help out in the community. The group cleans the area about four times a year, along with many other community-based projects.
“The wind was gusting and the rain was coming down sideways,” said Kolczynski. “But the students willingly did their duty and even wanted to continue. Jim had to convince them that given the weather conditions, the job was complete."