"Our goal is to raise awareness at BCMS that service learning is a lifelong lesson that individuals can change the community with one kind act after another," said Boardman Center Middle School teacher Brad Calhoun.
Calhoun and BCMS teacher Marilyn Sheetz, both eighth-grade American History teachers, are advisors for the newly formed Center Civics Club. The club was formed at the start of the school year. The goal of the club is to promote civic participation and community service. Over the past several months the club members have attended Boardman Township and Board of Education meetings to learn more about the workings of their community. They have also taken on projects such as clothing drives and making "bunny boxes" for patients at Akron Children's Hospital.
"This is the first year, so we are taking it slow," Calhoun said. "We want the kids to understand their responsibility to make an effort to understand service learning."
Boardman Center Civics Club members Kathrin Ritz and Vince Huzicka bring in clothes as the club teams with Goodwill Industries.
The club formed at the start of the school year when students interested in it filled out an application. Twenty-five signed up and were accepted into the new club.
Recently, the entire club was invited to be guests of the YSU men's basketball program.
According to advisor Marilyn Scheetz, "Center Civics were honored to support YSU and especially number 20, Ashen Ward, who is working at BCMS as he completes field work for his major in special education."
The Civic Club also recently partnered with Goodwill Industries and hosted a school-wide clothing drive.
Corie Kuras, chairwoman of the Civics Club stated, "We collected in three days over 140 bags of clothes, our club appreciates those students who participated and helped make a difference."
While the clothing drive was a major success for the club, Calhoun said it won't stop there. The Center Civics Club will conduct service learning activities all year long.