With the help of student and teacher volunteers, homes all around Greenwood are prepared for the winter.
Winterization took place for the 28th time on Nov. 14. Volunteers raked leaves, cleaned gutters, trimmed bushes, and cleaned windows at the homes of senior citizens “This year we are helping out 41 houses, which is typically our average. This year we probably have around 120 volunteers between all the teachers and students. I’m really proud of all of our volunteers and the turnout we had this year despite COVID. So many people are still signing up and wanting to help,” Mrs. Laura Stadfeld, FACS teacher, said. Winterization is led by Stadfeld and her peer class. To make the event possible, there had to be several changes made in order to follow the COVID-19 restrictions. Some changes included wearing masks while driving with others between houses and the distribution of breakfast and lunch at school.
“This year, all of the food given to the volunteers had to be prepackaged or from a restaurant. Additionally, the food had to be served instead of volunteers serving themselves,” senior Alicia Ader, peer member, said.
To help maintain social distancing, groups met in classrooms instead of in the cafeteria. This helped limit the amount of people that came into contact with one another and allowed groups to spread out.
“The volunteers have to sit in classrooms this year instead of meeting in the cafeteria. This makes it difficult to distribute food to the volunteers but the teacher volunteers have been super helpful with providing drinks and snacks for their groups. To help organize the event, we
split up into groups in class. We had groups to design shirts, contact the homes we are visiting, recruit volunteers, and organize the food for the volunteers,” junior Tori Graber, peer student, said.
Winterization is always an event that involves the whole entire community. Restaurants donate food, students and teachers volunteer and citizens look forward to receiving help to clean up the outside of their homes.
“One of the homes belongs to Gene Adwell, whose husband was actually one of the builders of the high school building. Her comment was that if only her husband could see how the students of the building he built are now helping out Gene and his house. He helped the students by building the school and years later they are repaying the favor. It is Greenwood residences like that, like Gene, that make it so meaningful,” Stadfeld said.