Students Skip School to Serve Community

By: Bonney Bowman Email
By: Bonney Bowman Email

Most high school seniors focus on graduation and college.

But the senior class at one local school wants to add another goal to the list and they started with themselves.

Rather than have a senior skip day, the senior class at Norris High School decided to have a senior serve day.

More than 120 showed up at the People's City Mission, ready to work.

They said rather than continue a tradition of negative pranks, they wanted to challenge the norm and show others it is possible to make a difference.

The seniors organized their serve day all on their own.

Mission officials say they were thrilled when the students asked if they could volunteer.

The seniors cooked, organized shoes from a recent shoe drive, cleaned Mission vans, and performed oil changes on some of the residents' cars.

They say it sets a new standard for what students can accomplish.

The Norris seniors are challenging other senior classes to see what they can accomplish before they graduate.

They're hoping to start a new movement of giving back rather than pulling pranks.

And in case you're wondering, no, these students won't get in trouble for skipping school Tuesday.

Their principal was in on the plan and ok'd their absence from the classroom.

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