Amy Mahaffey, honors English teacher and coordinator of Lakota East Freshman school’s learning service program, said one of the secrets to the program’s success is that students pick the community organization they want to work for and study.
“They (students) go out and serve for five hours at an organization of their choice, though some of them choose more than one (organization),” she said. “And then they present — using (the computer program) PowerPoint — their experiences, telling us what they did, how they served, how it impacted the community and how it impacted them.”
Lakota freshman Ella Staggs said, “I love this opportunity.”
“We work with the kids, we do yoga with the kids, read books with them and build a relationship with them,” said Staggs, who has been going to Hopewell Early Childhood School two times a week.
“I really wanted to volunteer with little kids because I want to be a pediatrician when I get older. I love science, medicine and I love little kids,” she said.
Classmate Alex Galliers worked at Reach Out Lakota and Bethany United Methodist Church.
“We prepared and wrapped breakfast sandwiches and then went to downtown Cincinnati and went to multiple locations passing them out along with coats and clothes to keep people down there,” said Galliers.
“To help people feels nice and it’s a good cause,” he said.