I grew up on a small farm near Soldier, Iowa. We raised a variety of livestock from hogs to chickens with the crops being the staple corn and soybeans. We also raised hunting dogs and greyhounds for the racetrack. It was a unique childhood compared to the students we serve here at North High School. One fond memory (not necessarily at the time) was the early summer chore of "walking beans." This required us to walk the rows of beans and cut weeds from the rows. The task was often completed by my mother, my brother, and me. My dad always got out of it by doing other chores.
What I enjoyed about it was doing a meaningful task together. It allowed us to talk (yes, no cell phones back then), share laughs, and accomplish something we needed to complete for the good of the farm. It was all about the time we spent together, doing something, for the common good. This is something I want all of our students to experience - coming together to build positive relationships and give back to our "homestead."
On April 20, 2018, North High School will be joining forces with the City of Sioux City for "Litter Dash". Students, organized through homerooms, will be working alongside teachers and staff in picking up trash and beautifying the attendance zone of North High. We will be providing transportation for our staff and students to spend the afternoon working together to make Sioux City a better place to live, work, and learn.
Please look for more information, including permission slips acknowledging that we will have students leaving campus for an afternoon of community service. This will be a great opportunity for us to give back to the city.
Ryan Dumkrieger is the principal of Sioux City North High School.