Klein High Students Lead Day of Service


Student volunteers gathered to share five character traits with the community through KleinServes, a day of giving back.

Mother Teresa once said, “Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love,” and that’s just what more than 850 students and faculty from Klein High School did this past Saturday as part of #KleinServes.

This student-created and student-led initiative was based on one of the Klein High five character traits, service.

“Usually, it just takes one time volunteering to get hooked and to feel like you have made a difference in the lives of others,” said Klein High teacher and KleinServes sponsor Kristen Haggard. “I hope that this event will open the door to a lifetime of service for our students, faculty, and staff.”

“Since the time we were born, this community has done so much for us.” –Ayisat Abegbindin

Throughout the day, volunteers shared the five Klein High core values of empathy, gratitude, perseverance, integrity, and most of all service on this special day of volunteering throughout the community, at more than 20 locations.

“Since the time we were born, this community has done so much for us. These businesses and organizations have seen us through,” said KleinServes student leader, Ayisat Abegbindin. “We think it’s important for them to know we appreciate them. We want to give back to the community that has given so much to us.”

Volunteers served at The Northwest Houston Heart Walk, The Woodlands MS Walk, and The Montgomery County ALS Walk. They also worked on needed projects at the Stuebner Airline Vet Hospital, visited and played games with residents at the Silverado Senior Care Center, helped with the Brill and Hassler Elementary carnivals, worked on gardening projects, worked in local neighborhoods, and washed first responder vehicles.

“We are excited to see the impact this event will have on our community,” said student leader, Nadia Siddiqui.

KleinServes student leader, Andy DeGuzman talked about her experience volunteering through her participation in the school’s HOSA organization and how she has had opportunities to learn more about service.

“I think it’s important for students to learn how to give back to others,” said DeGuzman. “Volunteering is a way to apply service-learning outside of the classroom and by participating, we’ve had the opportunity to become servent-leaders. Klein Serves gave all Bearkats the experience of servant leadership and an experience they can take with them,” she added.

To see more about the service that took place during KleinServes, follow #KleinServes on Twitter.