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In an effort to strengthen ties with the community and to boost seniors’ volunteer hours, as well as get the seniors out of the building during sophomore and junior testing, SHS will reinstate Community Day on March 20.
“The need for better testing environments made the idea of re-instating the Senior Community Service Day a great idea to get students who are not testing off campus,” Assistant Principal Margo Duneman said. “The idea of giving seniors a day out of their desks but still being in school was an easy choice to make. Learning happens everywhere. It is not an optional day.”
On this highly organized day, freshmen will be at the old Missoula College building participating in workshops on bullying, suicide prevention, and how to deal with social media harassment. Sophomores and juniors will spend the day in standardized test, the CRT and ACT respectively.
The last few years, seniors have had this as a day "off" school, but many teachers remember Community Day as an annual event many looked forward to.
“Students will have the opportunity to help fix trails, work with senior citizens, clean animal cages, pet cats, dogs and other cute little critters at the Humane Society, Parks and Rec, Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the food bank, and the Poverello Center are just a few of the places we are looking into working with,” Duneman said.
Teacher Gary Stein, who helped to organize Community Day in the past, volunteered to take a lead in this year’s project.
“In my experience, I have found that community service builds stronger bonds between community members than any other activity I’ve observed or participated in,” Stein said. “I believe that community service of this type reminds us of our roles as American citizens, to support and provide for each other, instead of constantly working for our own selfbenefit.”
The volunteering will begin early morning around 8 a.m. and go into the afternoon. A barbeque will be provided for the seniors after.
Stein said, “Beyond taking this day seriously, I love to see students doing work that proves they take their identity as American citizens seriously and know that they are helpful, kind, compassionate, and industrious Americans.”
Not everyone agrees, however. Senior Loren Loridson said, “[Community Day] is a good idea in theory. However, in today’s so
ciety, seniors would rather be doing a million different things than help people.”
Loridson says that it wouldn’t be “a good use of time for seniors that have limited time at Sentinel,” when talking about students graduating early.
While he believes that it wouldn’t be a good use of time, Senior Marina Gray doesn’t agree with him. “I think it’s important to be humble going out into the world,” she said. “We should help others because we all know that one day we will need help.”