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Oregon High School students take part in service projects

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 11:35 a.m. CDT
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OHS students Elaine Schmidt, Amanda Mackey, and Samantha Miller.

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For the last three years during state testing for high school juniors, Oregon High School has sent its freshman class into local communities for community service projects

During this same time, OHS sophomores visit local college campuses to get taste of what college is all about.

These activities are tied school district’s mission statement: Educate students to be lifelong learners, who are productive, responsible citizens.

In addition, for its efforts in working with local communities, OHS has been awarded the highest possible award for partnering with our community from the Illinois Principals Association.

This year, ninth graders participated in activities such as reading to the Oregon Elementary students, packaging sponges at the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and moving furniture at the Rock River Center.

“Here at OHS we strive to promote academics, extra-curricular involvement and citizenship,” said Kim Radostits, Spanish teacher at OHS. “We appreciate all of the support we receive from the community and value the opportunities we have to see students giving back.

“There is no greater feeling than to see our students eager to take part in these types of scheduled activities and proud of what they accomplished. It truly is great to be an Oregon Hawk!”

Nick Schneiderman, OHS strength and conditioning teacher praised the efforts of his students who worked at the Village of Progress.

“We only had four kids, and only one of them had previous experience with people with disabilities,” he said. “But our students did very well participating in games and socializing.”

The entire sophomore class paid visits to the campuses of Illinois State University, Normal, and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Platteville, Wis.

Students participated in an information session conducted by admissions offices of each university.

After the large-group sessions, students were broken into small groups for campus tours led by current university students.

After the tours were completed, all students were able to taste what dining at a university was all about as they ate with current university students.

“We often talk about preparing our students for ‘Year 13,’” said Andrew Nelson, associate principal at OHS. “What we mean by ‘Year 13’ is that high school graduation cannot be the end of their education, that in order to compete, to be a productive citizen, our students must continue their education once they graduate from high school, whether that be attending a four-year college or university, a two-year campus, a trade or technical school or the military.

“By taking our kids on these college visits, we give them idea of what is possible after they graduate from high school.”

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