On October 12, Chagrin Falls High School senior class members volunteered at a variety of nearby organizations for the school’s annual Philanthropy Day. Service opportunities included helping clean up the gardens at Holden Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and reading and interacting with students at Gurney Elementary School and the Intermediate School. Other volunteer locations included Meals on Wheels, South Russell park, and In Step With Horses. Every senior volunteered, and many decided to go beyond this one day to make a difference.
On October 9, many students volunteered at Life Act’s Into the Light Walk at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to shine light on depression awareness. The week prior, on their own time, students enjoyed helping at the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank.
“When I became the assistant principal, I wanted to use this as an opportunity to engage students in meaningful community service and to build on the school’s relationships with community partners,” said Assistant Principal Amanda Rassi, Chagrin Falls High School, who organizes the day each year. “We believe that service work is a social responsibility and that a single person performing an act of kindness does have the power to make a difference. Our students are certainly writing their story and making a significant impact on our community.”