OGDEN -- Students at Ogden High School are slowly but surely getting a new high school, and on Friday they helped repay the community for its generosity. The student body spent the morning fixing and shining up parks in Ogden.
Principal Trevor Wilson was impressed with the students' response for the service day.
"I expected them to grumble and complain, but there was nothing like that," Wilson said. Friday was an unusual day for students, because student body elections were held with an assembly and voting, and then students were divided into groups and sent throughout the city to serve.
"It was a different day, but we have a huge turnout," he said.
Wilson responded to the call when City Councilwoman Caitlin Gochnour asked if the student body would pitch in and help with the various Make a Difference Day activities that have been going on through the week.
"I really wanted the students to do it. Service learning can be just as important as math, science and English," Wilson said.
Wilson spent his morning at Mount Ogden Park with a group of students leveling out soccer fields and picking up trash. The Mount Ogden Park job was especially close to students because that is their home field for boys and girls soccer. Some of the students joked that leveling out the field would give their teams a little more advantage to win.
Senior Kaitlyn East was enjoying the day in the sun. She and some of her fellow seniors have been participating in service days for the past four years at the school. She said she wasn't thrilled with the idea of filling in goal posts, but she does like to see the finished project and be with friends she may not be seeing for very much longer. East pointed out different projects she and her fellow students have done over the years.
"It's cool to see stuff you've done when you drive by," said senior Taylor Van Bibber.
"It's fun to spend time with your friends and also know you are beautifying the community," East said as she helped load a large tarp full of dirt onto the soccer field.
Every Friday, students meet with an advisory teacher to go over grades, but on this Friday the advisory teachers assigned where the students would go, and then went along to help with the job. Students knew it was important to their grade to be there, but they also had a positive attitude about doing the work.
Some students walked to their locations while others were bused. Some curb-painting also was done at the high school. All the projects felt like a win-win for Wilson, because his students got to give back to the community, and a few areas got spruced up at the high school as well.
"It is really good to show our community thanks, but I like to get the students out in the community so they can see what a great group of kids we have here," Wilson said.
"I like the fact we are giving back to the community, because they helped remodel our school," senior Kyler Wright said.
"It's good to help in some way for everything the community has done for us. They pay for us to go to school," senior Jake Lower said.