Wonderful 100th Day of Service

2nd Annual "100th Day of Service"
Posted on 02/08/2018
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On Friday, February 2nd, Loch Raven High School celebrated their second annual “100th Day of Service.” After listening to U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Epps talk to them about the connection between service and character, six hundred students participated in eighteen service projects at the end of the school day. Community Service Club member Athena Hall said “It’s important to me to have a day like this because helping your community is crucial part of being a member of society.”

This is Loch Raven’s second year holding the event, and this year it was led by the school’s new Community Service Club (CSC). Club members worked with teacher advisers, Megan Tobin and Lynnie Bresnahan, to coordinate with organizations and other teachers to create student-run activity rooms.  “I felt that all of the projects were things that the students could take on and be responsible for. It made me feel more passionate about the outcome that I was leading a group” said club member Gracie Miller.

This year, the Raiders doubled the amount of organizations they supported. CSC Junior, Julia Lowman, said “more projects meant that everyone felt useful and that everyone felt that they contributed to something that was ultimately bigger than them.” Some students gathered in the library to write Valentine’s Day cards to residents of the Loch Raven Center and Pickersgill Retirement home, others made animal beds and toys for local animal shelters, and even more worked on toiletry and winter weather kits to be distributed to many local shelters. Other projects included making fleece blankets for women’s shelters, creating thank you packages for nurses at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, creating activity kits for children at Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, putting together school supply kits, designing Kindness rocks, and creating thank you gifts for bus drivers, police officers, and middle school teachers

With all of the student support, Loch Raven was able to complete over 900 service hours and deliver over 500 items to the local community. Advisor Megan Tobin reflected  “I was so proud to see all of the Loch Raven students so invested in serving their community and giving back to several local organizations—especially because several of the student leaders determined the projects and donations.”