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NewsDepth A+: Meadowlawn Young Men's Association

What happens when you combine an interest in helping teachers and school staff, energetic boys, and a secret handshake? Did you guess the Meadowlawn Young Men's Association? This week's "NewsDepth" A+ goes to the members of the Meadowlawn Young Men's Association at Meadowlawn Intermediate School and at Briar Middle School. 

"Two years ago, I was really lucky to have about a dozen young men in my classes who were motivated by helping others," shared fifth-grade teacher Mr. Fahr. "They made the commitment to get together two to three times a week during lunch to help around the building." 

The Meadowlawn Young Men's Association meets a few times a week during those lunch periods, and some of the students volunteer to help the school's janitorial staff cleaning the hallways, keeping the lunchroom in order, and keeping the campus looking nice. 

"I really liked helping the grounds crew with weeding the gardens," Carson shared with us. 

A lot of the club members help tutor, or read to younger students.

"I'm really good at math, so I went to the third-grade classrooms to help do that," Dominic shared. 

"It's a great opportunity for their former teachers to see how much these young men have grown "into leaders and scholars," Mr. Fahr added. 

Robert told us that, "It really helps us "get to know each other, and younger kids, and get to know our teachers better." 

The Meadowlawn Young Men's Associations members are in eighth grade with a fifth-grade group in the works for this year. The fifth graders will provide the tutoring and help around Meadowlawn Intermediate. The eighth-grade students at Briar Middle will serve as mentors and big brothers for the fifth graders. 

"I really like that we get to help other kids and make our school a better place," Braxden shared. 

This week's "NewsDepth" A+ goes to the Meadowlawn Young Men's Association for volunteering their time to help their peers and make their school a better place. We tip our hats to you, gentlemen!

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