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10-14-21 — California Trail Serves Community

Oct. 14, 2021 ~ On Oct. 13, California Trail Middle School (CTMS) students and staff spent their half day serving their community.

For four years, CT Serves Day has been a way for the 645 students and 80-plus staff members to get out in the city to do something kind for others. From sorting through donated clothes to helping puppies create art that will be auctioned off to raise funds, these middle schoolers were able to “Leave Their Print” on the community.

Tracy Dickerson, CTMS FACS teacher, was a part of the original planning committee in 2017, alongside theatre teacher Rachel Hoyer and orchestra teacher Sherry Wann.

“The program just continued to grow, and I started looking for more locations for today in April of this year,” Dickerson said. “The whole school is excited to serve!”

Not only do the CTMS Bulldogs serve outside organizations, but they even cleaned up around their own school, surrounding elementary schools, and Olathe East High School. This day falls right in line with California Trail Middle School’s mission to build a community of learners who are respectful, responsible, and resourceful — as well as our greater vision of an OPS graduate who demonstrates resilience and social-emotional wellbeing.