DELPHOS — Nicholas Curth was looking for a service project when he came across the Delphos Senior Citizens center.
The senior center’s old landscaping didn’t match its new façade, so the Delphos Jefferson High School junior decided to redesign the landscaping in his free time — doing much of the work himself.
Curth, 17, had volunteered there before, helping call bingo during his summer vacations to help his mother, Alice, the senior center’s executive director.
Curth dedicated his free time to the project over several months, designing the landscape himself. He trimmed trees and removed large plants, focusing on a low-cost, low-maintenance design that would make the senior center’s members feel welcome.
Curth handled much of the planning on his own, sifting through donations and submitting designs to the center’s board of directors for approval — an unusual process for a high school student to navigate mostly alone.
Even after the project was done, Alice Curth said, Nicholas would return to the Delphos Senior Citizens Center to make sure the new plants were getting enough water.
“It’s nice to see him to something to help the community and give back,” she said. “He’s always been very good about that.”
Community service is a hobby for Curth, who is now planning athletic events for his church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and tutoring elementary students in his spare time. He’s maintained a 4.0 at Delphos Jefferson despite his busy schedule with the National Honor Society and Cub Scouts.
But Curth enjoys his work more than being idle at home.
“It’s fun and it’s rewarding because, you know, it’s meaningful and it’s helping people,” he said. “Knowing that you’re helping people is what drives (me) forward, rather than just sitting at home.”
Curth is described as quiet and dependable, someone who is willing to commit.
“Anytime I have something that I need someone to provide some kind of community service,” said Judy Bevington, Curth’s National Honor Society adviser, “he always volunteers. He’s very conscientious about that.”
Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.