“I’ve been working with the kids at Badin High School — it’s where my kids went to high school — and this is where they get their community service hours,” said Schneider, whose nonprofit group has installed hundreds of donated ramps throughout the region and nation.
“This is their project. They raised the money to pay for this ramp and this is their big day,” he said.
The teens are athletes from some of Badin’s sport teams. Vidourek is the quarterback for the school’s football team and committed to play for the University of Cincinnati next year.
“They know all about team work … and working together and that is what they are doing now. We’re giving Bob (Netherland) this wheelchair ramp so he gets his mobility back,” said Schneider.
“This is life-changing. When they are finished, they are going to see firsthand the impact they are making on this person’s life.”
That’s part of the Catholic high school’s mission, said school spokesman Dirk Allen.
“Our Christian service efforts help our students embrace the value of ‘we over me,’ ” said Allen.
“Badin High School seniors, through our Christian service program, partner with an organization that appeals to them for a capstone service project. I’m sure our seniors found it very rewarding to be involved in something so tangibly important,” he said.
Vidourek said helping others is rewarding on many levels.
Badin encourages community service “pretty early” in the earlier grades of the high school and he said “it feels great.”
For more information and donation options go to the “Operation Ramp It Up” website.