The time before a school break is always busy here at Grand River Academy. There is a lot to do with students finishing papers and assignments, while teachers are grading the work and preparing for their much deserved vacations. In my first year as a staff member, I have been amazed that while these times before breaks are hectic for students and faculty alike, our campus community consistently finds the time to go above and beyond in volunteering throughout our community.
I had this realization when I was speaking with a local leader recently. I shared with her how happy I was that our students have been out in our area quite often helping with local organizations and activities. She asked what GRA students were involved in that particular week and I smiled...because I knew their week was spectacular for a few reasons!
To start off the week, several students attended a recognition dinner for their National Honor Society induction hosted by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. Later that week, students volunteered with the Austinburg Community Dinner held at the Austinburg United Church of Christ. There, the guys helped serve area residents and neighbors of GRA.
Then, over 10 students took time away from their Saturdays to aid in two community Easter egg hunts and celebrations. One event was for the Geneva area in cooperation with Connect 534. The other, with the Austinburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, served the residents of the center and their families.
While I have written about our students volunteering in the community previously, I realize every time I join them in an activity off campus or a local resident approaches me to comment on how polite the guys are or how helpful they have been- I just want to share that news with you! It is quite special the amount of interest our students take in Ashtabula County, as we instill in them this is their home away from home, not only during school, but also after they graduate from GRA.