Loveland, Ohio - Loveland High School seniors got a unique opportunity to take a lesson outside of the classroom, participating in the first ever Senior Service Day. More than 300 students volunteered at one of seven agencies, as they learned a valuable lesson on giving back.
“This project involved our entire senior class,” said Chris Kloesz, Loveland High School principal. “They are the perfect class to participate in such a virtuous opportunity, and I know they will take so much away from this unique experience.”
The seniors began the Loveland Senior Service Day listening to speakers and doing small group work before taking a break for lunch then heading out to put their service lesson into practical use. Near Loveland’s C. Roger Nisbet Park, students planted nearly 1,000 dogwood trees for the residents to enjoy for years to come. Over in Blue Ash, another 50 Loveland seniors got busy completing projects for Matthew 25 Ministries, while back in Loveland at the elementary school dozens more seniors gave Granny’s Garden a facelift. The other agencies benefiting from the lesson included Cincinnati Parks, Grailville, Green Acres and the Cincinnati SPCA.
“Getting this hands-on experience is a tremendous opportunity for our students to understand what it means to be a member of this community,” said Dr. John Marschhausen, Loveland superintendent. “In just a few, short months this class will leave our halls for good and make their way in the world. We see this project as one more way we are working to think outside the box to prepare our students for tomorrow, today.”