DMS seventh graders present service projects during expo

Published 1:05 pm Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Demopolis Middle School staff and community sponsors came together last Friday, December 9 for the Good Characters Expo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seventh graders at Demopolis Middle School presented service projects last Friday, December 9 during a Good Characters Expo. The expo was a culmination of several weeks in the American Character Program where students learned lessons in civic responsibility, character building, financial literacy, career development, community engagement and the Great American story that helps them discover and define their role in America’s future.

The American Character Program creates an exciting experience for students to learn lessons in civic responsibility, character building, financial literacy, career development, community engagement and the Great American story that helps them discover and define their role in America’s future.

While in the program, DMS students learned about historical figures such as Harriet Tubman and Helen Keller who made great achievements in American history. Students were challenged to start on their own paths to changing the world and making it a better place to live.

For their projects, students were tasked to come up with a project on how they could help their community. Some projects focused on teacher appreciation, services such as cleaning stadiums after ball games, and awareness campaigns like suicide, bullying, and cyber safety.

During the expo, students set up their booths around the gymnasium and presented their projects to teachers, guests, and parents. Students shared how they formed their groups, used critical thinking and problem solving skills, and how they worked with mentors to plan their projects. The projects also gave students develop their skills in working with others, forming open communication, and having compassion for others.

Superintendent Tony Willis said the expo was amazing and that the students had done an excellent job on their projects.

“The event was well-attended. The community came out and let the kids tell them about their projects,” said Willis. “It was good for our kids to work on projects like this. They came up with these great ideas, and it was great to see them take an idea and turn it into something great. I’m proud of our students.”

Programs like the American Character Program are made possible because local and state sponsors understand that these lessons must be taught despite time and budget constraints.