A day of service turns out to be a joy, not a chore, at Waukesha North

NOW: A day of service turns out to be a joy, not a chore, at Waukesha North

Waukesha North High School students took part in a school-wide community service day on May 22nd.

Students often participate in community service projects, whether it's through a certain class or club or as a

requirement for various career paths.

Every student is involved. That's 1,213 students.

Activities vary and include packing meal packages for "Rise Against Hunger" and spending time with residents at a senior facility and helping with landscaping; writing cards of support for cancer patients and veterans; painting and yard work at various organizations; and helping in classrooms at some of the elementary schools.

Students get to select their experience by matching them with a site that they will enjoy.

"Waukesha North is developing a rich tradition in serving those around us and being involved with those outside of our four building walls," said Greta Voit, teacher at North and one of the coordinators of the event. "Last year, there was an opportunity for students to opt into participation in an organized Service Learning Day. Because of the success and overwhelmingly positive feedback from the students, teachers, and community members, we have chosen to expand the experience to a school-wide, half-day volunteer opportunity. We believe that service learning provides our students with a chance to engage in authentic experiences within our community---as we work towards developing civic engagement within our students."

Community sponsors who have helped to support our Service Learning Day efforts include: Waukesha Sunrise Rotary Club, Waukesha Noon Kiwanis, First Federal Bank, Educators Credit Union, LindenGrove Communities, Waukesha State Bank, Sherwin-Williams, and Home Depot.

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