School's Community Service Day teaches students about careers, public service

A total of 285 freshmen at Georges Technical High School learned the value of community service and about their chosen career during Freshman Community Service May 24.

“It was great. All our students came back with a spirit of commitment to service in their community as a lifelong goal,” said Chad Harrison, assistant principal at the school.

The purpose of the activity was to provide community service opportunities to the freshmen to teach them employablity skills related to their newly assigned career area.

It also coincides with a “Pay It Forward” unit that they are doing in the Career and Transition program and it’s aligned with the school’s vision of providing students opportunities to serve and learn civic responsibility.

Students worked alongside their career instructor and develop relationships that will continue to strengthen the rest of their high school career and beyond.

Different groups of students went to 18 different sites, mostly in the New Castle County.

One site was St. Georges Tech itself, where 16 freshman, mentored by four sophomores, built a kitchen, complete with cabinets and a sink, to go with an outdoor playground for the early childhood program at the school.

The students started from scratch to build the wood kitchen which will go outside for the playground equipment for the pre-school age children, said Frank Hanson, carpentry instructor.

“It was pretty good to have hands-on experience so that way we use what we [learned] to go out in the field. We know what we are doing,” said Nicholette Coleman, a freshman who plans to pursue a carpentry career after graduation.

Nursing freshmen students from the school visited M.O.T. Jean Birch Senior Center for the freshman community service day where they interacted with the seniors, played dominos and bingo and exercised with them.

One freshman was Nydia Loperena who wants to purse a nursing career after attending college and graduation from St. Georges. “I just like helping people, especially the kids,” she said.

Beside interacting with the seniors, the group of students helped with more community service by sorting and managing donated food and toiletries. Some items were donated by students and their families and added to other donations.

Other students visited other sites. The ones in the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area include:

*Brickmill Elementary School where students with career plans in programming and design helped other kids with technology;

*U.S. 301 and Marl Pit Road where auto tech students picked up litter along the road;

*The Town of Whitehall, where tech drafting students performed a roadside cleanup and heard a presentation on engineering;

*Fort duPont and the Gov. Bacon Health Center in the Delaware City where students in the electrical field visited for beach and trail cleanup along the Delaware River.