There were plenty of helping hands around town on May 19 as Wellington High School students took part in a community service day.
Grades nine through 12 traveled to Findley State Park, First United Methodist Church, the Herrick Memorial Library, and more than 30 other locations in and around the village in an effort to make the lives of others a bit easier for a day.
“We’re washing life jackets for when the park opens to swimmers coming up,” said senior Rachel Parsons at Findley. “I just started working at Findley at the beginning of May. It’s great to give back to the community and make it easier for people to appreciate the park.”
Science teacher Jeremy Muhl led his students in clean-up efforts both in and outside First United Methodist Church.
“This morning we cleaned out the vestibules and other areas inside the church, dusting, cleaning out the windows, and making sure it all looks nice,” he said. “After lunch, we’ve been cleaning out the flower beds. It’s a great chance to get the kids outside, and introduce them to people they may not have met before.”
Aside from meeting village residents that they might not have otherwise, Muhl pointed out that the project brings together students who might not normally socialize in the school’s hallways.
“Usually when you get older, if you haven’t been helping people before that, the tendency is strong to only think about yourself,” said Bryce Wylie, a WHS junior. “It’s better to start helping at a young age. I’ve been helping around the house since I was five years old. We want to show the kids at Westwood and McCormick that the high-schoolers are willing to help anyone and to do any job. We want them to grow up to be outstanding citizens.”
Fifteen-year-old Taylor Curtiss was in front of the Herrick Memorial Library helping clean the sidewalk and floral arrangements in the area.
“I’m happy to do this kind of work in high school so that when I step into the real world I know what it’s like,” she said. “It feels great to know that our work today will help ease the burden on other people.”
Principal Tina Drake was happy to see her Dukes smiling.
“This day is always special for us,” she said. “But to see them get out in the sunshine today with smiles on their faces just means so much. This is a great group of kids.”
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Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Wellington High School students enthusiastically step out into the village May 19 to volunteer their service.