News and Events
Written by Builders Club Publicist Aidan Andler
The Fridley Middle School (FMS) Builders Club had a busy fall season assisting those in the local community, and globally, through multiple community service projects. The Builders Club is a student-led community service organization for middle school students, where students work together to serve their school and community while developing leadership and communication skills.
In mid-October, members of the Fridley Middle School Builders Club, along with local community group Fridley Women of Today, passed out food bags to community members. Community members filled the bags with non-perishable food and other items. The following week, students collected the bags for a local food shelf, collecting over 2,060 pounds of food! Compared to past years, this was a record amount of food collected for this event!
In late October, Builders Club members took shifts at Springbrook Nature Center to help with the annual Pumpkin Night in the Park, a Halloween-inspired community-wide celebration featuring pumpkins on park trails and educational and entertaining activities. Students assisted by lighting candles for over 1,000 of jack-o-lanterns, and kept them lit throughout the evening. In addition, students ensured that attendees were safe on the trails.
On Halloween night, Builders Club members collected money by Trick-or-Treating for Unicef. The donations are used for a program called Eliminate, which helps prevent maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide. The funds help save and improve lives for millions of children around the world by providing immunizations, education, health care, nutrition, safe water and sanitation, emergency relief and more. By participating in this project, students gain a global perspective while their actions are able to benefit other children worldwide.
An additional annual project that students host to raise money for UNICEF is the teeter-totter marathon, held in November 2019. Builders Club, along with Key Club members from Fridley High School, participated in the event by keeping the teeter-totter moving for 24 hours. Overall, the Fridley clubs raised $414 for Eliminate!
In celebration of the holiday season, Builders Club members made door decorations for, not only their much appreciated teachers at Fridley Middle School, but also for residents at nearby nursing homes and senior homes to brighten their holiday season. Paper “turkeys” filled with candy were distributed to teachers and residents in time for Thanksgiving.
Pictured above: FMS Builders Club members work on creating "turkey" door decorations for FMS teachers and staff, as well as residents at nearby nursing homes and senior homes.