Local high school students skip class for day of service
Students at McGregor High School put their pencils down and picked up trash bags, blowers and paintbrushes Friday as they fanned out across their community to serve others in a full day of annual service called The Revolution.
The Revolution was started four years ago and has blossomed into a jam packed day of activities of volunteer jobs everywhere from city offices to the school and an area nursing home.
“Today is an opportunity for us as educators and generally good people to be able teach the kids more about what it is to be a great person , to be kind and to make a change within the community and to make not only the community but the world a better place,” said McGregor High School Principal Seth Fortenberry.
The students started the day with a short pep rally before loading buses and heading to service projects.
Jobs included everything from yard work, to picking up trash, painting houses, cheering on elementary kids at their annual track day and visiting patients in the nursing home.
Fortenberry says it a day to remind students what living a life of kindness is really all about.
“Today we’ll have students at the food pantry. We’ll have students working for the city. We’ll have yard cleanout. We’ll have students at the nursing home, baking cookies and sending thank you letters to all the business in the community,” he said.
Sophomore student Mara Hering lost her brother, Rhett, a freshman at McGregor in an ATV accident at the end of his family’s driveway just days after Christmas in 2015.
She said she, like many fellow students, dedicate their work Friday to the honor of Rhett and others like him including longtime and beloved McGregor teacher Jerry Lynch who died in April following a four-wheeler accident near her property in Crawford.
“I’m excited to serve my community and honor my brother and coach Lynch and everyone else,” Hering said.
“Today, I am painting and I’m really excited to paint.”
The group decided this year to have a theme around Lynch’s well-known phrase for her students of “go forth and be leaders.”
Fortenberry said Friday it’s exactly what they did.
“The kids learn something from that,” He said.
“They learn about work and they learn about effort and what it takes to make things nice and have nice things. They learn about being kind and a good person. It’s something that we are very, very proud of.”