It is with great excitement that we share St. Charles Community Schools was honored with a 2024 Education Excellence Award for their program, St. Charles Beautification Day.  We would also like to thank one of our high school teachers, Janee Gerding, for her leadership and dedication to the students and Beautification Day, as she is the coordinator of this great program.

The program was selected as one of 10 winners from across the state of Michigan. The Education Excellence Awards are hosted by the SET SEG Foundation in partnership with the Michigan Association of School Boards. Our award-winning program received a $2,500 grant, an “Education Excellence Award Winner” roadside sign, and a commemorative trophy.

This year, the Beautification Day program celebrates 50 years of supporting the St. Charles community, with thousands of students contributing over the program’s tenure. Originally started as an Earth Day cleanup, students now go out and serve their community by completing projects like litter clean up, planting flowers and trees, and even building birdhouses and benches.

Students from grades 7-12 apply STEAM concepts to their projects, combining academics with social responsibility and stewardship. This program has grown to involve generations of families and learners as the community comes together to support each other.

I hope you will join me in congratulating the dedicated students and staff who have made this program successful. #proudtobeabulldog