Initiative Kick-Starts Student Volunteering Into High Gear

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

She has the perfectly polished poise of a seasoned politician. A career, Hope Edwards hopes for her future. But for now the high school senior is campaigning for a different reason.

Volunteerism.

" We are the future leaders of tomorrow and we're told that all the time. And something that's very important and the key is, to be a good leader, we need to be servants first," she said.

In comes in the form of "LPStudentServe (LPS Student Serve)." Just before the district offices burned down - hope had a vision of sorts.

She wanted to volunteer - and for her peers to become involved.

"Students sign up online for a service event organizations have previously created an event online and it gives all the information about supervisors, you know, the type of work that's going to done, the location," Hope said.

"I've never been involved in an initiative like this and I know that and I know we've got plenty of students who volunteer through their church and other associations but never this organized with a great sense of purpose, LPS Supt. Dr. Steve Joel said.

Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler:

" There's contributions of the current generations and then the next generation has to learn about the contributions and civic life and being part of the community and it's very interesting that these kids have taken it upon themselves...It's a very good sign for the city."

"I feel wonderful, but I know I'm not the only one who feels wonderful. There are a lot of students who feel wonderful as well," Hope concluded.

Elementary and middle school students will volunteer on school grounds and in surrounding neighborhoods, while high school students - go throughout the community.

It all happens, October 1st.


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