During the season of Thanksgiving, the idea of "thanks" often takes shape verbally as people declare things they are thankful for over a hot meal and family congregation. For a group of Adair County High School students, however, "thanks" has been shown through acts of service during the months of October and November.
Students in Mrs. Feese, Mrs. Shelia Willis, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Peck, Mr. Martin, and Mr. Reliford's Classes Visit Summit Manor Nursing Home
On November 14 and 16, students from the Transition Readiness classes of Tammy Feese, Sheila Willis, Rebecca Smith, Susan Peck, Steve Martin, and Brett Reliford made trips to Signature Care at Summit Manor as part of a series of Service Learning Projects the school has been organizing in the past few months. The students got the opportunity to experience visits with residents of Summit Manor and share stories, warm wishes for the Thanksgiving holiday, and just good old-fashioned fellowship with Adair County citizens. The students arranged small gift bags with a few items of convenience and recreation to share with the residents during their visit. Song and piano notes from the recreation area of the facility could be heard echoing in the lobby areas with residents and students unifying in a few sing-a-alongs while another area even transformed itself into a mini-boutique as students offered residents an opportunity to get their nails done during student-resident interactions. Thanksgiving decorations were made and arranged to spread a little holiday happiness. Each student strolled the halls of Summit Manor, paying in-room person-to-person visits where a few trips down "Memory Lane" were able to be shared and, no doubt, even a few words of wisdom passed along to today's youth during the conversations.
The trip was just one of a series of ACHS projects currently taking shape throughout the community. Administration and staff have encouraged the students during these events to gain from the experiences, and many students have reported new or different eye-opening perspectives that have been adopted through these service opportunities. For students at ACHS, the visits at Summit Manor can add one more item of thanks to the Thanksgiving season list shared around the dinner table next week: a more complete perspective and scope of everyone who makes up our communities in the Adair County area.
Students in Mrs. Brockman and Mrs. Owsley's Classes Visit Green River Animal Shelter
On November 14th and 15th, students from Mrs. Julie Brockman and Mrs. Vicki Leibeck-Owsley’s Transition Readiness Classes completed their Service Learning Projects at the Green River Animal Shelter. Students in both classes were given the opportunity to vote for the Service Learning Project of their choice. While many of their peers in other classes visited the nursing home, sponsored food supply drives, hosted bake sales, and beautified the surrounding community, students in Mrs. Brockman and Mrs. Owsley’s classes overwhelmingly voted to spend their time with the shelter animals of the community.
Students spent their mornings walking, bathing, playing, and socializing with the cats and dogs housed at the Green River Animal Shelter. Students took initiative, completing many “dirty jobs” that most pet owners dread with poise and smiles on their faces. Additionally, students collected much-needed supplies—food, litter, shampoo, cleaning supplies, toys, and bedding—to donate to the shelter. Students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to play with and care for animals waiting patiently for their forever homes. Students were fortunate to see several animals adopted, claimed, or taken in by a rescue group while at the shelter, including dog Gomer, who for 9 months, was one of the shelter’s longest residents. Students were able to witness the inner workings of a rural animal shelter and interact with staff members professionally and respectfully.
The Green River Animal Shelter still has many lovable cats, dogs, and puppies waiting to be adopted. If you are in search of a furry companion, visit the Green River Animal Shelter at 455 Appleby Drive in Columbia, Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit the Green River Animal Shelter Facebook page, or call (270) 385-9655.