Service Day is a special time for everyone on campus. It is a leadership opportunity for some and and a day filled with fun for others, but for everyone it is a day to give back to the community we love. Along with the other pillars we hold dear, Athens Academy focuses on the idea of acting locally to give back globally. Service Day is a great example of how we engage with that ideal. Just one of the many service projects that made a difference that day in our community was the Athens Clarke County Animal Control Shelter project. We played with the puppies and dogs that had been surrendered by their owners, gone through a rough time, or didn't have any home at all. Many of the dogs there were breeds most would call vicious. Pit bulls filled the cages, all sizes and colors. However, we were all reminded that it isn't the dog but the person responsible for the animal that makes it aggressive. As we all gave back a little to our community, we had fun giving love to special collection of man’s best friends that have been forgotten in the little shelter on Buddy Christian Way. Their happy-go-lucky, forgiving attitudes were inspirational to us all. No matter what they had been through, they were still happy to see a person, even a random high schooler, and wanted to play for hours.
Reagan Grace, one of the Athens Academy students who volunteered at the shelter, showed the greatest act of kindness by rescuing one of the sweetest dogs at the shelter, a Pit bull named Indy.
Other service projects included doing clearing work for the State Botanical Gardens, repairing and painting homes for Hands On Athens, reading and recording texts for the blind, and working on beautification projects for Butterfly Dreams Farm (a therapy horse non-profit), to name just a few.
Students repaired and beautified the therapy horse ranch.
Working with the young athletes in Oconee.
Hands on Athens
Painting and repairing houses in a historically significant neighborhood for those who can't afford the expensive upkeep.