Iroquois students donate time and service on 9/11

Local high school students roll up their sleeves for a day of service in honor of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.

We talked to students and faculty at Iroquois High School today who say they enjoyed being involved in such a large effort to give back to their community.  Over 600 Iroquois high school students, grades 7-12, got involved in a day of service.

Faculty came up with an idea to help the students understand what it means to give back to their community, no matter how small the deed.  The students and faculty members were deployed to locations around Lawrence Park.  They painted murals, sorted donations for flood victims in Texas and did work around the exterior of local municipal buildings.  The day also included prensentations from local first responders and others who have dedicated their lives to service.

Iroquois Teacher, Kathleen Haslett, tells us, "just giving back to your community and how beneficial that is...  And how, no matter who you are, everyone has a talent and everyone can give back.  You don't have to have money, that's not what community service is. And, we also are trying to put a positive spin on community service.  Too often, kids think of it as a punishment."

Getting students involved in one faculty member's efforts to collect donations for hurricane victims in Texas was a last minute addition to the activities, but knowing when to step up to help those in need is a valuable lesson for these kids.

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