South Tama students lend a hand

STC students volunteered to scoop snow for community members last Wednesday after a snow storm. Allison Graham/News Chronicle

Around 20 South Tama County high school students hit the streets, sidewalks and driveways last Wednesday to shovel snow for community members.

A winter storm which began Tuesday, Dec. 29 and carried late into the early hours of Wednesday morning left roughly seven inches of snow blanketing the community.

South Tama students and staff were on winter vacation which allowed students to give their time and muscle to help community members who needed assistance shoveling.

The service project was organized by two student council members, Johnathan Meyer and Libby Albright.

Community members were able to sign up for the free service by contacting Meyer who had his cell phone number posted to the South Tama County Community School District Facebook page.

Meyer fielded calls and texts and quickly gathered around 20 driveways, sidewalks and even vehicles on side streets to shovel.

Students were joined by STC High School staff member, Emily Chyma.

“We’ve known for a little while that we wanted to be better with the community for student council. We were just waiting for a way to be safe about it. It was the right time,” Meyer said.

Luckily the weather was fairly mild for the students. Students were also treated to lunch by their teacher.

“Chyma bought lunch so shout out to her,” Meyer said.

Meyer is planning for spring and hopes to do another project possibly picking up sticks. Student council is brainstorming ideas to get other student groups involved for their next project.

“We want to continue this kind of work but only more organized and at a larger scale,” Albright said.