ITC Students Organize School-wide Day of Service

     Published on 11/10/15   Tagged under:   

Students at ITC took part in a Citizens Rising event to help them learn about the history of their school, focus on serving the school community and discover the history of the Veteran’s Day holiday.
 
As they rotated through four stations throughout the school, students learned about the history of ITC and Central Tech as ITC seniors told them about the school’s founding, the artifacts that have been found from the original buildings and the changes the school has faced over time.
 
They saw photos of plaques honoring former graduates who fought in World Wars I and II, and a statue of Roman goddess Minerva, which once occupied the foyer of Central Tech.  Students were so moved by these artifacts, Social Studies teacher Kathleen Argus explained, that they started creating petitions to request getting them back in their school. “A couple hundred students signed them!” she noted.
 
Students also enjoyed a lesson designed by seniors about ITC logos and their bearing on the spirit of the community, where they were able to design their own sample ITC logo. Students will soon vote on the logos and what to do with them.
 
In a focus on service, students took part in a lesson that explored the history of Veteran’s Day where they discussed questions and watched videos about veterans, how we celebrate them and what it means that “all gave some, some gave all.”
 
Finally, students took part in an outdoor service project where they cleaned up around their school building and in Billings Park. Students collected trash, raked, spread mulch and planted flowers.
 
“We planted and learned how to help our community,” junior Zarfara Davis said. “Everything we’re doing is making the community stronger. We also learned about the history of our school and how it was founded. This is our school and we really care—this means a lot.”
 
“It was a humbling experience,” junior Kyilil Balaam added. “I usually don’t do things like this and it’s made me feel more pride in my school.”
 
That pride and interest in their school and their community was the goal. “The students were really buying into this because their peers were teaching the classes,” Ms. Argus explained. “The park cleanup went well, and people came out of the VA class crying. If we can get the students fired up about history, then we’ve succeeded!”
 
Thank you to all the ITC students who took part in the Day of Service for their interest in honoring their school and community.

To view photos of students on the Day of Service, check out our Flickr album! >>>