Burlington, WA- On the morning of September 7th, 2019, over a hundred Burlington Edison High Schools Athletes, parents and coaches met at Maiben Park to kick off the new school year by giving back to the Burlington community that loves and support them.
After a safety briefing and run down on expectations, the athletes, walked the several blocks to the Anacortes Street neighborhood, gloved up and got to work mowing, weeding and performing other yard work at no charge to community members to further beautify the town they love and represent.
Members of BEHS had previously contacted the homeowners and gotten permission to perform the yard work on the properties and pre-marked them with signs that said “We Are Burlington-Edison” so the students could easily identify the homes they were allowed to be at.
The athletes had completed 23 yards, including mowing, weeding and other yard work in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Yard Debris were hauled off by coaches to the city drop off location for yard waste.
Burlington Edison High School Athletics Administration representative, Don Beazizo said in a release, “We are so thankful for all of your support and involvement in our athletic programs. Our athletes had a great 2018-2019 both athletically and in the classroom. We also had a very successful fundraising campaign that supported the remodel of our weight room. Our plan to kick off the 2019-2020 school year is to have our athletes give back to the community that has given us so much.”
This is the first year in a new tradition started by the Burlington Edison High School Athletics Department. This year they focused on Anacortes Street. The release stated going forward, “Each year we will pick a different location in our school district so that we are making sure to include everyone that makes up the B-E Community.”
One community member who received free yard work was so grateful to the athletes because she had recently lost her husband and he had usually done the yard work on their home and she was struggling to get it done.
For additional information or to nominate a neighborhood for next year, contact Burlington Edison High School Head Boys Wrestling Coach, Kip Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org