The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

October 31, 2013

Jefferson students spend day lending their helping hands to residents in the community

JEFFERSON — Jefferson High School is home to students who take pride not only in their school, academics and athletics, but also in their community. To show their great appreciation, more than 30 high school students took the initiative on Oct. 11 to give back to their community. Falcon Care Day, hosted by student volunteers from JHS, provided an opportunity for members of the county to sign up and get a few extra helping hands with some of the more laborious tasks around their property. The Falcon students were anxious to help with anything from changing light bulbs, to weeding gardens, mowing lawns, raking leaves and trimming shrubs.

The students who volunteered for Falcon Care Day considered it to be a fun and rewarding experience. Delaney Gianantonio and Bethany Lincoln, juniors, spent their evening weeding the garden, trimming plants and moving pottery at a resident’s home in Jefferson. Lincoln enjoyed being able to give back, and said, “It was a fun experience. I would love to be able to help out more often, and I look forward to doing this again.”

Gianantonio agreed. “We are all very busy students, but it was great to take time out of our day to give back – it was definitely rewarding. We are looking forward to volunteering more often,” she said.

Both girls commented on how heartwarming it was when they were thanked for their help.

“I felt very proud after helping out. The owner of the residence came out and talked to us, and we were very grateful of her appreciation. It felt good,” Gianantonio said.

Although students have a lot going on in regard to their classes, college applications, athletics and other extracurricular activities, the students of JHS feel that helping others is vital.

“Students are busy,” said Jeremy Huber, Jefferson High School principal. He further accentuated his point by pointing out that some students get to school as early as 7 a.m., attend classes the entire day, have a two or three hour sports practice after school, then go straight to the Friday night football game to support the football team as members of the JHS Band; many students also have jobs and take part in other school-spirited extracurricular activities.

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