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Seniors & Soldiers: Senior Class Service Project

Caroline Thaler
The sign up sheet provided by Mr. Listerman posted on Schoology.

Every year the senior class officers come up with a service project that the rest of the senior class can participate in. This year, they decided to participate in activities with the VA (Veterans Association). They spoke with city council member, Matt Kramer, and they discussed how the VA is often overlooked in the community. 

Senior class vice president Jude Eckerle explained: “The VA is a huge part of Fort Thomas, but not many people know what happens there. We wanted to use our senior service project as an opportunity to give back to the people who sacrificed so much for us.” 

Seniors will go to the VA twice a month during 6th period until the end of the year. There are many fun activities to participate in, such as pickleball, karaoke, trivia, board games, and other outdoor activities. 

Eckerle said: “We’re spending time with the veterans with a wide range of activities that can cater to different peoples’ interests.” 

The sign-up to participate went live on Schoology on February 21, and as of February 23 all the spots were full. However, there are still other ways to give back without going to the VA. The Art Honors Society is painting cornhole boards for the VA and anyone can participate. Senior class president Sophia Scherrer expressed: “I was a little surprised about the immediate excitement. The class officers were nervous that people wouldn’t be interested, so I am so happy that everyone is showing out!”

The senior service project is a great way for seniors to get involved in their community and leave an impact on their time here at HHS. 

Scherrer explained: “We wanted to have a more lasting impact with our senior gift, and when we considered the VA, we realized that the experience would not only benefit the veterans but also be a valuable experience for seniors.” 

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