Day of Caring September 11, 2018

On Sept. 11, 633 juniors volunteered at 40 different locations across Johnson and Marion County for the 21st annual Day of Caring. Students did everything from landscaping to painting to playing games with residents at retirement homes. All of this community service was performed in conjunction with the United Way's Day of Caring.

Physics teacher Greg Werner takes the Freedom Springs tubes into storage for the season. Freedom Springs hosted Werner's STaR, which carried seating cushions, chairs, tables and play equipment to be put away for the winter.
Juniors Halle Booher, Susan May, Meredith Fain and Kristen Garrison paint arrows on the driveway at Smith Valley Baptist Church. "It's so much fun working with our friends on a beautiful day," said Fain. With temperatures around 75 degrees, the temperate weather allowed for activities inside and outdoors.
Spreading mulch at Crabapple Creek, Jake Totten, Blake Smith and Isabelle Snyder laugh while working. According to Snyder, the best part of the day was "giving back to the community." Snyder was part of FACS Teacher Lindy Scott's STaR which worked to refresh both playgrounds, dodging preschool children playing. "It's just cool to see the way we changed how the kids feel about their playground," she said.

Principal Jeffry Henderson stopped by several sites, including Smith Valley Baptist Church, to talk with students about their work. This was Smith Valley Baptist's first year as a host site for the Day of Caring.

Hailey Bellian stuffs pillows at Smith Valley Baptist Church with her STaR. "We were stuffing pillows for patients at Community Hospital," Bellian said. "My favorite thing about participating is spending the day trying to help people. It was a fun team building experience. We came closer together because there are new people in our STaR this year. We got to know the new people better--their strengths and their weaknesses."
Emma Stumpf and Pablo VanDyk place tape over jars to create a craft for the residents of Demaree Crossing nursing home. "The best part of volunteering is being able to help others, but it's still fun for us while doing crafts," said VanDyk.
Teagan Bixler and Kennedy Brim carry tubes into a shed for the winter. "We stacked the blue tubes in the shed. My favorite memory is when we frisbeed the tubes across the river so it wasn't so much walking. I loved working with my STaR because I got to talk to some of the people I don't normally get to," Brim said.
Addison Osborn, Kylie Novak and Delainie Patterson create fire safety bags for elementary students at the White River Fire Station 53. "It's fun to work with everybody, and to make memories with our STaR," said Patterson.

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