Several Mt. Vernon students could have stayed at home on the couch for their planned e-Learning day; instead, over 130 Mt. Vernon students chose to volunteer in the community and work on various service projects. Mt. Vernon consistently teaches and offers student opportunities to help the community, while developing strong character traits and building citizenship in students.
On September 20, the students at the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation participated in their first e-Learning day of the year. For an e-Learning day, students complete all of their assignments at home on their school chromebook or iPad instead of going to school. For Mt. Vernon, eLearning days will also be used for days when weather keeps the students from coming to school.
Over 130 middle schoolers and high schoolers took a break from their school work and rode a school bus into the community to serve for a part of the day. Some students went to the Fortville Library to read to children and make crafts with them. Others did outside service at Fortville Memorial Park by repairing a bridge and spreading mulch on playgrounds. More outside service workers went to Landmark Park and helped repaint a gazebo.
There was a large variety of service opportunities for students to choose how they wanted to serve. A group of students went to the nursing home where they talked and played games with the residents. Some students even put on a performance by singing and dancing for the nursing home residents, which inspired a few of the residents to get up and dance themselves!
Another group of students went to Memorial Park and built sandwich board signs for Fortville Action, Inc. Later in the day the volunteers painted the boards so they were in top shape and ready to display.
The American Legion also received volunteers on Mt. Vernon’s community service day. The volunteers helped with landscaping, fence repairs, and trash can repairs. Students also helped with an American flag project where they were driven to various cemeteries and installed new American flags on the flag poles.
The student service project was a result of the first Fortville Convener’s Meeting, where various organizations met to discuss commonalities, sharing resources and develop a more cohesive communication system. Mt. Vernon’s Superintendent, Dr. Shane Robbins, shared in this meeting that students could help these organizations on the scheduled eLearning day. The event was a great success for the students and the community, and will likely be offered in the future.
The students were dedicated and worked hard to help with many tasks that might not have been finished if they were not there to do it. Mt. Vernon is proud to have so many students that are willing to sacrifice a portion of their day to volunteer and help out in their community. To see the pictures that were taken of the students in action, go to the photo gallery.