Monroeville students challenged to find passion while volunteering

Cary Ashby • Apr 8, 2018 at 12:00 PM

MONROEVILLE — Isaiah Scheid volunteers at a small church near his house about every third Sunday. He performs tasks such as painting the walls.

“I grew up around service. I grew up doing the little things,” the Monroeville freshman said.

So when he heard that by his senior year he must have at least 40 hours of community service to graduate, he said wanted to do much more than that. 

“I want to help. I want to give back more than what’s required to,” said Scheid, the son of Kevin and Linda.

On Friday, Monroeville seventh through 12th-graders participated in a service learning fair.

The keynote speaker was V. Jane Rosser, the director of the Center of Community & Civic Engagement at Bowling Green State University. The students then attended sessions lead by speakers from nearly 20 local businesses and organizations. Norwalk Safety-Service Director Dan Wendt was the closing speaker.

Rosser said when she did some online research about Monroeville Local Schools, she quickly learned the school and residents clearly have a passion for the community.

“That’s near and dear to my heart,” she added.

Rosser challenged the students to consider where volunteering can lead them, discover what they’re passionate about and open their minds on “what service looks like.” She said many people only think about “direct service” — such as volunteering at pantries or doing construction — but there are careers such as being a firefighter, police officer or in the military that focus on service and having an impact on one’s community.

Monroeville athletic boosters president Jackie Schafer, during her break-out session, told students that one of the important things about volunteering is doing something that “makes you feel good.”

“It makes you feel good and you’re helping someone,” added Schafer, a Monroeville graduate.

Upon hearing about her community-service graduation requirement, eighth-grade student Jayla Lepley said the 40 hours didn’t sound like a lot “because there are so many opportunities in the community.”

“It makes you a selfless person,” added the daughter of Katie. 

Jen Meyer, director of student activities, and high school secretary Kelly Poths organized the service learning fair. Meyer said the overall takeaway for students was for them to consider serving “beyond these four walls and how it will impact the community they live in.”

“They truly enjoy what they do,” she said, referring to students’ volunteer activities. “I think that’s why we have such great kids here.”

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