OTTAWA — Eighth graders at Glandorf Elementary School rolled up their sleeves Wednesday and participated in Service Day in Putnam County.
The students have participated in the service learning day for four years, and there were 55 students participating this year.
They volunteered at St. John Parish in Glandorf and Trinity United Methodist Church in Ottawa Wednesday. There also were skits performed, carols sung, lunch served by students and Christmas cards passed out to the residents at Meadows of Ottawa.
Rita Watermount, Meadows of Ottawa resident, said she always looks forward to the children visiting and singing.
“My great-grandchildren from Miller City came Tuesday night to sing, and I like to watch all the kids who come,” Watermount said.
Students also sorted clothes and toys at the Putnam County Thrift Store. Another project was to sort paper and cardboard at the Putnam County Recycling Center.
Nancy McBride, Trinity United Methodist Church trustee, said it is wonderful the students are learning to serve others.
“It is impressive they are willing to reach out to a Methodist church and help us out,” McBride said.
Students vacuumed the sanctuary, cleaned baseboards and the sanctuary’s pews, removed wax residue and cleaned candle holders.
Grant Schroeder, Glandorf eighth grader, worked with other students to vacuum the church pews.
“This is a good day to help the church out and show the Meadows of Ottawa residents that we care about them,” Schroeder said.
Lydia Theisen, Glandorf eighth grader, said she has enjoyed participating in projects over the years on Service Day.
“I feel it is a good way to help the community out by participating in this, and I hope the community knows we care about them,” Theisen said.
James Sherry, Meadows of Ottawa executive director, said the intergenerational mix between the students and residents is a good thing.
“The elderly enjoy the children just as much as the students enjoy the residents, and it is great for them. The residents look forward to them coming every year,” Sherry said.
Scott Ketner, Glandorf Elementary School principal, said the day was a chance for the students to give back to the community.
“We want the students to learn about how important it is to give back to our community,” Ketner said.
“Providing service to others and leadership are two important concepts we teach to our junior high students.”
The students previously this summer worked to clean up their school to teach them to have ownership in their school.
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