Students helping others during holidays

As many as 300 Wapakoneta High School students have given back to others this holiday season in a myriad of ways throughout the community.

“I believe that it is important for our staff and our kids to be active in our community at all times, especially around the Christmas season,” Wapakoneta High School Principal Aaron Rex said. “Our students are able to learn about what community service is and how to help others who may be in need whether it is a medical condition or financial need.

“We hope that this type of community involvement will carry over into their adult life,” he said, “and they will give back to others in the place that they call home.”

Rex said it is a great experience for the students and he appreciates that the staff encourages them to take part in it.

The Art Club collected loose change for the Humane Society of Auglaize County.

National Honor Society members adopted a family and caroled at local nursing homes.

The French Club also adopted a family through Auglaize County Children’s Services.

The guidance office sold popcorn and pop to benefit the Humane Society of Auglaize County and held a Christmas card drive for a sick child.

The Octagon club collected coats for children.

The AP history class brought in canned foods for Mercy Unlimited. Also collecting canned foods were the choir and athletic department.

The FFA made donations to the Christmas Cheer program, as well as a program being sponsored by Auglaize County Children Services. FFA members also adopted a family through the Auglaize County Crisis Center.

The Wapakoneta High School show choir shared their musical talents by caroling throughout the community.

The Show Choir sang Christmas carols in homes, at businesses, nursing homes, and anywhere else people wanted them to spread the Christmas spirit.    

Jana Slonecker, a senior at Wapakoneta High School, has caroled with the Show Choir for four years and said it is fun getting to see the happiness it brings.

“All  we are doing is singing, which is something all of the members of show choir really enjoy, but it makes other people so happy and excited,” Jana said. “It’s just fun to know that you are making somebody’s Christmas that much better.”