The students could have spent their free time catching up on sleep, playing video games or hanging out with friends — but these kids made a choice to give back to their community. So, they rolled up their sleeves and got to work on a house in need of a lot of tender loving care.
The house was donated to Daryl Wilson, operator of The Eagles Nest, a non-profit after-school program.
“I approached my seniors with an offer for them to help and thus give back to the community,” said James Blaschke, WHS teacher. “The response put a smile not only on my face, but Mr. Wilson’s as well. All seniors in my second and third period classes asked to participate.”
On April 23, the students gathered in the 1940s structure in need of major repairs. Interior and exterior doors needed sanding, broken limbs littered the yard, an old two-car garage was beyond saving and needed to be torn down and taken to the local dump. Yet, the students were undaunted.
“The house was in desperate need of a good pressure washing, too,” Blaschke said.
The seniors worked each morning and some afternoons through the following Wednesday.
“The house looks so much better and is ready for a fresh coat of paint,” Blaschke said.
The WHS educator believes it shouldn’t be the public school system who instills these values in the young citizens.
However, Blaschke said schools are finding that they must take a more active role in providing a basic understanding of how those values play a significant role in building stronger towns, counties, states and nation.
“I want to personally thank Mr. Wilson for the opportunity to allow the seniors time to learn what it means to sweat when they could have been sleeping and not working at something they would rather not do,” Blaschke said. “Hopefully, they learned a sense of how people who come together for a common purpose, benefits everyone.”
Blaschke says the seniors of 2012 made a great impact on their community.
“Thanks to Jonathan Payne for his assistance and Stanley Tuttle for the use of his trailer and time,” Blaschke said.