Standing just outside Loveland’s C. Roger Nisbet Park, youdidn’t have to see them to know they had arrived.
“Woo!” yelled one student, dressed in cut-offs, shortsleeves and boots.
“Yeah!” answered hisbuddy, shovel in hand.
The excitement was evident and contagious as around 80Loveland seniors emptied from cars and strolled toward their classroom for theafternoon. The lesson was hands on, and thelearning center was covered in leaves with a canopy of trees just shieldingeyes from the bright, bold sun.
“It’s good to give back,” started senior Matt Becker.
“And it’s nice to do it on such a beautiful day,” classmate MitchBilotta finished.
The students were ready to work – prepared to plant nearly 1,000dogwood trees for the city of Loveland to enjoy for years to come. Over in BlueAsh, another 50 Loveland seniors got busy completing projects for Matthew 25Ministries, while back in Loveland at the elementary school dozens more seniorsgave Granny’s Garden a facelift.
“This project involved our entire senior class,” explainedChris Kloesz, Loveland high school principal. “This was a debut event for thehigh school. Mrs. Bre Sambuchino, our Spanish teacher and community serviceadviser came to me with the idea, and there was no disputing how beneficial itwould be for students.”
The seniors began the Loveland Senior Service Day listeningto speakers and doing small group work before taking a break for lunch thenheading out to one of seven locations to put their service lesson intopractical use. The other agencies benefiting from the lesson includedCincinnati Parks, Grailville, Green Acres and the Cincinnati SPCA.
“I’m proud of this class,’ said Kloesz. “They are theperfect class to participate in such a virtuous opportunity, and I know theywill take so much away from this unique experience.”