MHS students invest a day in community service

Patty Decker / Free Press<p>More than 40 seniors at Marion High School were able to individualize their parking space for the year during Community Service Day. Four of those students included (front left to right) Sydnee Baldwin and Emily Schneider and (back left to right) Malachi Sippel and Bailey Robson.

Whether it was clearing trash from ditches, pulling weeds, painting curbs or lending a hand to elderly neighbors, Marion High School students on Thursday set out to help their community one project at a time.

Each year, said Lisa Johnson, coordinator of Community Service Day, all high school students and faculty members participate in the day-long event.

?I thought we had an awesome day this year,? she said. ?A lot of community services were complete.

?One of the best things about the day is students seeing teachers outside the classroom doing community service and exemplifying what that looks like to them,?she said.

Johnson said the event is promoted by the National Honor Society and she has been involved as its coordinator for nine years.

Prior to CSD, Johnson said she puts a list of committees together?starting first with the float committee and then working down from there.

?I post lists and share (duties) with the teachers,? she said.

The jobs vary depending on what groups, organizations or businesses request help.

?We had a lot of different jobs this year,? Johnson said.

atty Decker / Free Press<p>Devin Soyez, a freshman at Marion High School, picks up paper, cans, bottles and other debris from ditches on Eisenhower Thursday morning as part of Community Service Day.

The services ranged from picking up debris at Marion Cemetery following the last windstorm, helping unload a truck at the Marion County Food Bank to putting up the tent at Central Park for Old Settlers? Day, she said.

?We also had a group of students who went to individual homes and picked up trees and debris,? she said.

MHS seniors also have the privilege of choosing their own parking space to paint or design, she said.

As for the number of jobs available for students, Johnson said she believes there are never enough.

?To be honest, I can make jobs for the kids to do, but it would be better if we had more community action,? she said.

?I am always looking for new jobs and new things to do in the community.?

With just under 200 students enrolled this year, they could handle more work. Even though CSD isn?t going to happen for another year, Johnson said she would like people to begin thinking about how students can help them.

The students had a great attitude, she said, and these community service projects they initiated help everyone.

For more information or to suggest ideas for next year, call Johnson at 620-382-2168 or email her at: johnslis@usd408.com.

Patty Decker / Free Press<p>Marion High School freshmen worked on their float in the agricultural building for Old Settlers? Day. The sophomores and members of the FFA organization also used space in the building during Community Service Day.

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