by Staff Sgt. Debbie Lockhart
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
8/26/2015 - ELLICOTT, Colo. -- Six
Schriever Air Force Base Airmen volunteered their time to enrich the
Ellicott Elementary School facility and its grounds by pulling weeds,
trimming bushes and picking up litter as part of a campus cleanup event,
Friday, Aug. 21.
The heavy rains that Ellicott and the surrounding area experienced this
past summer caused an increase of weeds and wild grass to grow around
the school, prompting the cleanup effort.
"Over the summer break you get a lot of the weeds growing up around the
building and it's important to make it look like a nice place so the
kids will take pride in their school," said Master Sgt. Ryan Laube, 50th
Contracting Squadron base infrastructure flight superintendent.
"Honestly, it is just something good to do for the school."
The principal and the Airmen involved insisted the campus cleanup will
benefit the students by helping them develop a sense of ownership for
"It is very important for students to take pride in their school and
pride in their community, and curb appeal is part of that," said Joe
Torrez, Ellicott Elementary School principal. "Students can see a nice
looking school on the inside and on the outside and they get a sense of
Many students who attend the Ellicott School district have parents who live or work at Schriever AFB.
"Ellicott is an important part of our community," said Master Sgt. David
Wright, Top III liaison for Ellicott School. "We have skin in the game,
our kids go here so we definitely want to maintain our good
relationship and jump in to help out when we can."
For Torrez, volunteer opportunities like the campus cleanup strengthens his sense of community.
"I think while Airmen are assigned to Schriever, they want to be a part
of the community, and their kids are our kids here at Ellicott," said
Torrez. "We appreciate everything that the Airmen do and having a strong
relationship with the folks out at the base really just brings it
closer as a community."
Whether Airmen have students attending Ellicott School District or not,
there are many volunteer opportunities to get involved with.
"At the preschool, middle school, high school and the elementary school
we have numerous opportunities for parents across the community or
Airmen at Schriever Air Force Base to get involved with - whether that
is tutoring, a campus cleanup or volunteering on field days - if they're
willing to volunteer, we can find a spot for them to help us out in
school," said Torrez.
Wright added there will be more volunteer opportunities to come, to
include campus cleanups, science fairs, field days and a bike rodeo.
Those who would like to volunteer with Ellicott School District can
contact Master Sgt. David Wright at 719-567-3811 or the Ellicott School
District Office at 719-683-2700.