R-S High School holds 5th annual community service workday

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
R-S High School holds 5th annual community service workday

—by Paula Sampson

It was a cool, crisp morning, on Thursday, October 24th, but hearts were warm with the thought of helping others, as over 325 Roland-Story High School students and staff headed out to participate in the 5th Annual Community Service Workday. Students were divided by seminar classes into 23 groups. Each group was led by a teacher/staff member. At 8:20 a.m., everyone loaded up in cars and pick-ups, with rakes, tarps, pruning shears and other tools in hand, and headed out into the Roland and Story City communities to help with various service projects. Activities for the day included raking, washing windows, cleaning up flower beds, picking up rocks at the new Britson Park Complex in Roland, building a new sand box at the elementary school, cleaning up yards at the Bartlett Museum and the Sheldahl School House Museum, washing windows at the Story City Community Center, taking down the Roland-Story Spirit flags on main street, picking up apples and walnuts, and raking and picking up trash outside at the middle school and the high school. By morning’s end, 56 individual homes had been served along with eight community projects!

It was a wonderful day for both the workers and those they helped! The people receiving the help greatly appreciated the kind efforts of the students and found out what an exceptional group of kids we have at Roland-Story High School. Students learned the value of giving of themselves to help others, and they received a sense of accomplishment and the satisfaction that comes from helping someone in need. Following are some comments from R-S High School students following the service day:

“It was a fun day, and it gave us a good feeling to help out someone who couldn’t do it themselves.”

~Selena Mendoza

“It’s amazing how a little bit of our time can mean a lot to someone else.”

~Ross Barclay

“We don’t really realize how big of a difference we can make, and the people we helped appreciated it more than we could know. We also had the opportunity to show the community what kind of kids we really are.”

~Anna Himan

“It is good for us to interact with people in the community and rewarding to see how much it means to the people we help.”

~Andrew Schlatter and Josiah Soderstrum

This project was organized in 2009 by High School Guidance Counselor Terri Heisterkamp and Vocal Music Director Cheryl West.