Students embrace Community Service Day

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Canal Winchester High School seniors Katharyn Robinson, left, and Grace Terflinger, right, help tidy up the racks in the Community Closet housed in a second-floor former classroom in the school district’s education center on Washington Street.

Canal Winchester High school students will be out and about across town participating in the district’s first Community Service Day on Oct. 18.

According to Library Media Specialist Lydia Tokarz, approximately 100 high school students are volunteering at various businesses and agencies. Two groups of students are participating—9 Tribe, the school’s freshman academy, as well as upper classmen who engage in work-based learning.

“As our students paint their Portrait of a Graduate, we want to afford them many opportunities to engage in community service,” said Tokarz. “We believe these opportunities to become active members of the Canal Winchester community will have a lasting, positive impact on both our students and the community. Community service enables students to acquire life skills laid out in our Portrait of a Graduate.”

Senior Katharyn Robinson said she is participating in Community Service Day because she wants to give back to the community.

“It just feels right to do that,” said Robinson.

Portrait of a Graduate is the district’s vision on graduating students who are prepared for life beyond high school, equipping them for success in higher education enrollment, enlistment and/or employment.

By participating in the Oct. 18 event, students receive community service hours that go towards a Community Service Seal for their graduation requirement.

“Some of our service opportunities include beautifying our school grounds, helping teachers throughout the district, organizing the Community Closet, mulching the three Fit Trails, volunteering at CW Human Services, and helping the BrockStrong Foundation prepare for Brocktober,” said Tokarz. “Other service opportunities include making blankets for central Ohio hospitals and Canal Winchester Human Services, as well as making holiday cards for our community nursing and assisted living homes.

Local businesses are also accepting student volunteers, including Grease Monkey, Indian Trail Gardens, the Fit Trails, 3D Pathways, HFI Warehouse, Heartland Bank, O’Charley’s, the Ohio Department of Education and Canal Winchester Middle School.

Grace Terflinger said she plans to volunteer at the Community Closet.

“I’m looking into a career in fashion merchandising after I graduate,”said Terflinger, “and helping out there gives me some background in the field.”

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