Students Pay It ForwardWritten by Beatriz Reyna
When you think of Language Arts you think of writing and composition.
However, language arts students at Ogallala High School are paying it forward with community service projects.
Language arts studies are taking on a whole new meaning in Danielle Helzer's 9th grade class.
“I am a huge believer in making positive change and doing something and not just sitting back and letting other people take care of the problem,” said Helzer.
For the past month, her students have been paying it forward with social action and social awareness projects.
“Most of the kids in my class are fourteen and fifteen years old and at that age you don't really feel like you can do a whole lot and I want to feel at a young they can do something to make a difference and hopefully carry that attitude and mentality with them for the rest of their lives and be productive citizens,” Helzer said.
Kelly O'Brien and Rhea Krauter held a soup supper for their neighbor who is battling cancer.
“We raised $805,” said Krauter, a 9th grade student.
“When I told my neighbor how much money we had raised she just broke down and started crying,” added O’Brien, also a 9th grade student.
Demi Anderson and her group are organizing a walk for the American Cancer Society.
“We know that there are lot of people out there who are fighting cancer and one of the girls in my group her aunt got throat cancer so we thought it would be good thing to,” said Anderson.
Adam Alfano is taking matters into his own hands by doing helping his neighbors with chores.
“They are mail truck drivers and they go into work at five in the morning and they get off at six or seven at night and by the time they get home they don't feel like doing chores after they get off work and so I volunteered to do some chores,” said Alfano, “I helped fix the door on the mail truck, wash it and I scoop the snow.”
“The students' project ideas blow my mind,” said Helzer, “These are things that adults don't even do and so that is really cool. Most of them are localized issues which is great because they are able to actually really make a difference locally as well as on a larger scale to.”