Johns Island Service Trip Allows Class of 2018 to Have a Big Impact Before Graduation

Friday, May 25, 2018

Collectively, the class of 2018 along with adult chaperones devoted over 1500 hours of service during this year’s Johns Island mission trip. This year’s class is the 31st class that has completed their Heathwood education by serving with the Rural Mission, Inc. on Johns Island. The students, along with faculty, staff, and parent volunteers worked at a total of six work sites.

The Johns Island trip is a longstanding rite of passage for Heathwood seniors, an opportunity both to give back and to come together as a class one last time before graduation. Students help with the pre-trip planning process and work all year to raise money for the repairs they perform, before heading down to Johns Island the weekend before they graduate.

This year, the team at site 1 worked at the Rural Mission headquarters and reconstructed a wall in a classroom, removed and replaced a 9-glass insert in a classroom door, installed a new floor in an office, and laid a brick pathway from the Rural Mission main building to the entrance of the chapel.

The team at site two worked at the home of Ms. Smith, who has been in the hospital recently. The students and adult volunteers removed and replaced rotted wood on the front porch and installed a new 6 x 6 pressure treated post.

The site 3 team applied two coats of paint to the home and trim at the Morrisons’. They also painted the front and back porches of the home. After finishing their work at the Morrison home on Monday afternoon, the group went to Ms. Magwood’s home and moved some cabinets and building materials in preparation for a team from Indiana who will be volunteering next week.

Ms. Alice Wright is excited about the help provided by the Heathwood students at site 4. The volunteers applied two coats of paint to the exterior of the home and porches. They also removed yard debris in the back of the home.

The volunteers at site 5 installed a new crawl space door, removed and replaced a storage door, nailed up some loose trim pieces and applied two coats of latex paint to the ramp and handrails on the back of the home.

Ms Hollington expressed her appreciation to the Heathwood team at site 6 as we applied two coats of latex paint to the trim of her home. We also replaced portions of the back deck and built new handrails and steps on the back porch. We completed our work at the Hollington home by applying two coats of deck stain to the handrails, steps, and deck.

Many thanks to faculty members John Adams, Mary Aguirre, Bryce Bancroft, Sara Burrows, Frances Choe, Janis Corley, John Duhan, Elise Hagstette, James Hane, Keith Johnson (parent & parent of alum), David McCoy (alum and parent of an alum), Tim McKnight, Lisa Norman, Scotty Peek, George Scouten, Elisha Sircy, Laura Slocum, Kelly Turbeville, Stan Wood, and Adrianne Woods for their supervision and support which helped make this year’s trip a huge success.