The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 12, 2014

Getting involved all part of a good education

EHS Community Service Club embraces extracurricular activities as vital lessons

Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Each Friday, members of Community Service Club at Enid High School meet to plan what they’ll do next to make things better in their city.

Jenny Root, special education teacher at EHS, has served as sponsor of the club for about 10 years.

“I believe community service is an important part of education,” Root said.

Projects the 27 club members have tackled during the past year include collecting food donations during Horn of Plenty food drives, helping 4RKids Foundation, providing breakfast for would-be Enid teachers during Enid Public Schools Career Day, assisting with March of Dimes’ Breakfast With Santa, cleaning the stadium after football games, holding bake sales and recycling events, providing snacks for track and softball players to take to sporting events, packing food for Loaves & Fishes food pantry and serving as ushers at Enid Symphony Center.

Their fundraising efforts bring in money used to do more good things for the community, Root said.

“The club raises money, adopts one or two families from the crisis center at the YWCA and buys gifts for them,” Root said. “This year, we also adopted a family that had lost its father. We gave them a $400 Walmart gift card so they would have a Christmas.”

Student club-members often come up with ideas for projects. For instance, at a club member’s suggestion, female members went to an Enid nursing home to polish nails for the female residents.

Sometimes Root suggests projects. But whoever makes the suggestion, projects are decided by vote.

One of Root’s favorite projects is for club members to go read with kindergartners.

“The little kids are just so enamored with the older kids, they don’t even notice if the kids aren’t really good readers,” Root said.

The club’s volunteer projects also broaden the members’ horizons. Root said when they decided to serve as ushers for Enid Symphony, some of them didn’t know what a symphony was.

“I told them, ‘You need to take this opportunity to go and hear one,’” Root said.