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Volunteering for a Cause
On Saturday, October 15th, and Tuesday, October 18th, a total of forty Lewis Central students became big volunteers for the day. Through the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Three Days of Service project, the students volunteered at Gene Eppley Camp and Kids Can Community Center.
Lewis Central High School was not the only school that volunteered in the community. UNO invited many other schools in the local area including Benson High School, North High School in Omaha, and many of their own students. The project was open to anyone at our school. The age difference of the volunteers that joined in to clean up the city ranged from a freshman in high school to a senior in college.
While at Kids Can Community Center on the 15th, students fixed and completed many tasks. They were split into three groups and assigned jobs. Some groups did jobs from building a fence, to replacing a handicap sign. Others did jobs like installing security cameras and fixing benches.
“Got a workout,” junior Zach Renshaw said about volunteering at Gene Eppley Camp. The students likely did! They raked leaves from the yards of cabins and filled a playground with sand. Rumor was that quite a few kids fell asleep on the bus home. They surely got their hard work done for the day.
“A lot of teamwork and finding new ways to do stuff,” said senior Gabby Alvarez. There is definitely a lot of teamwork put into volunteering with others. That is exactly what happened on these two days. Students had to find productive ways to solve problems. Alvarez confessed that they used Band-Aids for tape, because they had run out of actual tape.
“I enjoy it every year. It is a great opportunity for our students to get out and help the community,” says engineering teacher Joe Vinchattle. Most would agree that volunteering is a great way to lead this country in doing the right thing. These students learned life-long skills that they will need to do just that.
Story by Amanda Stephens
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