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Junior High Students and Staff Give Back During the Annual Day of Service

Over 200 Mariemont Junior High students and staff spent the day at over 17 service organizations around the city of Cincinnati for the school's second annual Day of Service. 

On this day, every district junior high student and staff member goes into the local community to give back in different ways, such as preparing meals in a soup kitchen, helping set up at an after school program, performing yard work for elderly neighbors, cleaning and fixing donated furniture, making and passing out bag lunches to the homeless, visiting with residents in a nursing home, working in the garden for fresh food that will be donated, sorting donations that will be used around the nation, and spending time with local veterans. 

When asked, students responded that the most memorable part of their experience was…

“Seeing all the people’s faces while you are giving them food.” - Shiann Bender
“To help the people that work there and to know how hard they work every day.” - Nick White
“Realizing what an impact we were making.” - Lauren Reynolds
“Getting to learn more about the place and what they do.” - Haylee Compton
“Seeing everyone have a smile on their face.” - Lucy Neville
“Helping others who needed it and seeing smiles on people’s faces.” - Lauren Betts

The students had 22 service organizations to choose from and were able to give back at the following organizations:  Crayons to Computers; Findlay Street Girls and Boys Club; Fisher House; Gorman Heritage Farm; Matthew 25 Ministries; Mercy St. Theresa; New Life Furniture; Our Daily Bread; Over-the-Rhine Rec Center; Stepping Stones; Cincinnati CommunityToolbank; St. Francis-St. Joseph Catholic Worker HouseWesley Chapel Mission Center; Fairfax Police Department; Little Miami Fire Department; Mariemont Fire Department; and theTerrace Park Police Department.

Students also felt like they learned a lot about themselves during the experience:
"I learned that I am braver than I thought I was!" said Marley Valentine. 
“I learned that if I wanted to make a difference I could,” said Gideon Christ. 
"I learned that helping others can help you back," said Henry Teghtmeyer.

The Mariemont Junior High School's Day of Service is part of Warriors BEyond, the district's flagship program for student opportunities offered beyond the traditional curriculum, including new enrichment experiences, travel opportunities, career exploration and service learning for students at all grade levels. Through this innovative program, students have the opportunity to explore interests, find passions and dig deeper into the school curriculum. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to provide learning experiences that focus on the softer skills of kindness, respect, generosity, courage and empathy while taking learning beyond the classroom and beyond the grade book," said Molly Connaughton, MJHS principal.