Innovations & Options students hold service day at community locations
More than 50 Innovations and Options students participated in a community day of service called "Aloha Friday" on Sept. 21. Student identified areas of interest to decide how and where to volunteer in the community.
Some students stayed on the Innovations and Options campus to hold a yard sale fundraiser to benefit the Let Your Light Shine non-profit organization and for a campus beautification program.
Other students traveled off site to the 27J Preschool, a local nursing home and to the SonFlowers Ranch in Brighton.
"This is just the beginning for more long term commitments to volunteering in our community," said RocAnn Smith, counselor at Innovations and Options Campus. "We hope to build ongoing partnerships with many non-profits and area schools."
The Aloha Fridays mark the end of the hexter. Instead of semesters, Innovations and Options students work on six-week grading periods. "Each hexter we celebrate students that have finished programs and welcome our new students," said Smith.
"Why do we call them Aloha Fridays? Aloha.... we use it in greetings and farewells and in expressing love," she said.