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A local high school is imparting lessons to its students even on the weekend.
John Hardin High School will participate in the school’s third Day of Service event Sept. 24. Students sign up for volunteer activities around the county and spend that Saturday working on whatever is asked of them.
Agriculture teacher Brandon Davis was inspired by a similar event at a national FFA convention.
“I’ve always been kind of a community service fan,” Davis said.
After seeing his students’ excitement for it, he decided to bring it back to John Hardin. He wanted them to see the benefits of volunteerism.
“Community service is more than a court-appointed type of thing,” he said.
Davis said faculty members were excited about the prospect, but he wasn’t sure how it would be received by students.
“I was really kind of scared to death,” he said of approaching them about it.
But students were excited about it, too, and about 300 students have participated the last two years.
Davis contacts organizations to see if they would be interested in participating and what kinds of work they need completed. He compiles a list of projects and has students sign up for the location in which they’re interested. On the day of the event, students arrive in the mornings, ride a bus to their location, and do jobs such as cleaning, landscaping and painting.
This year’s organizations are Atria Senior Living; Clarity ... Solutions for Women; Communicare; Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland; Goodwill; Greenspace; Hardin County Animal Control; Helmwood Healthcare; Helping Hand of Hope; Kids’ Cafe; New Highland Elementary School; St. James Church and Vine Grove Animal Shelter.
Davis said it’s an amazing feeling to see his idea grow. It’s even spread to North Hardin High School, which he’s happy to see.
“This isn’t something we want to keep and hide by any means,” he said.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747.