WILLIAMSBURG — Leaders from the Williamsburg James City County (WJCC) School District contributed over 200 hours of community service this past week to give back to the surrounding community.
A group of over 100 volunteer members, which included principals, assistant principals, and central office administrators, participated in the community service program called WJCC Schools Gives back.
“It’s basically launching a year of gratitude,” said WJCC Superintendent Dr. Olwen Herron in an interview with WYDaily. “I’ve said gratitude is our attitude for this year. So we’re grounding ourselves in gratitude as we start the school year because gratitude is one of the many things that really help build positive structure in our schools. So we’re launching leadership in this first as they go back to lead in our central offices and buildings.”
The scheduled week of community service events included volunteer work with:
- Virginia Peninsula Foodbank — Packing grocery bags with canned food for the Food for Kids backpack program. The grocery bags will be put into more than 450 backpacks for students this year.
- Cedar Grove Cemetery — Making gravestone name rubbings.
- Williamsburg Regional Library — Distributing books during free book week.
- Salvation Army — Sorting back-to-school supplies and packing backpacks.
Leaders also volunteered community service hours by cleaning along Airport Road.
“We’re incredibly grateful for everything that our community does for us,” said Herron. “This is just one small way to show gratitude to them by giving back to the community.”
WJCC students return for their first day of school on Aug. 29. For more back-to-school updates and information, check out WJCC’s official website.