“It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

Students took this quote by American businessman John Templeton to heart during the recent Indy Do Day events at Eleanor Skillen School 34. Each grade level had a section around the building and school block to either beautify or clean up in an effort to show each other and the neighborhood how easy it is to be “nice.”

First and second graders hurried to paint small tree stumps that will be placed around the school and clean up the playground. Older students took time to pick up trash on the lawn, plant flowers near the school sign, and decorate fall pumpkins, while some drew messages of hope on the sidewalk with chalk.

As teachers organized the supplies and kept an eye on the progress of each project, a few parents and neighbors stood by and smiled at the work being done.

When asked why it is important to have the students participate in these activities, ESL Teacher Susan Hingle said, “…to teach the kids it is important to give back to the community, to take care of the community.”