By this time of year at high schools across the country, students, families, guidance counselors and teachers begin the discussion with students about what happens after high school. As students prepare for this crucial next step in their lives, they are asked to reflect on their experiences and draft a resume or college application highlighting their achievements.
Academic achievement is the largest indicator many postsecondary institutions examine when determining whether a potential candidate should be accepted. This holds true whether the student is applying for college, trade school, or the workforce. As standards and expectations continue to rise, more individuals apply for similar openings
What can set our students apart from the others is not always A’s and B’s, or a part-time job, but how our students spend their free time. What sets our students apart is philanthropy.
The great author and poet Maya Angelou once stated, “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” When our students choose to help others on their own time, their actions improve everyone’s lives. Whatever the cause, by participating, our students gain knowledge and experience often far more valuable than anything taught inside a classroom or storefront.
"Between athletic practice, music lessons, and the weekend shift busing tables, students are left with only a few hours in the day to spend in service to others. Finding that time makes all the difference. Utilizing what little time is available demonstrates qualities, based on research, which employers and admissions officers all require. These include, a positive attitude, the ability to work with others, time management and dependability.
For the second year in a row, Chesterton High's student council gave our students an opportunity to design and decorate five student-built child’s playhouses. The playhouses were the centerpiece of our homecoming festivities, sprit week and parade. They were auctioned off after the football game on eBay with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to a charity of the students’ choosing.
Our homecoming has become home-giving and hopes to inspire an entire year of giving, rather than one week alone. Over the course of this school year, encourage the students in your life to find a worthy cause and donate their time to improve the lives of others. They will find the benefits extend far beyond their expectations.
For more information on our homecoming playhouses, go to www.duneland.k12.in.us/chshomecoming
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.