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February 8, 2018 Highland students help community and school
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Highland High School students have a tradition of volunteering in their communities.

That tradition can be seen at graduation where students who have put in 200 or more hours as volunteers wear red cords with their graduation gowns.

Students are currently looking for more opportunities to help.

If your organization is looking for volunteers to help with a project, contact Highland High School with information for the high school counselor Derick Ball. He will pass the information on to students so they can volunteer their services.

Some examples of work done by students:

On Dec. 6, 10 Highland girls basketball players went to Ainsworth to wrap Christmas presents for the senior center.

Ball arranged for students to wrap the gifts.

“I went with the choir students to the senior center in Ainsworth, and Kathy Bean talked to me and asked if I could get some students to (help),” Ball said.

Bean asked Ball if students would be willing to help out wrapping gifts for the senior citizens and earn some red cord hours to help the community.

“I found a couple of girls, and they got a group together. It was a great turnout,” Ball said. “There were about 40 presents to wrap, and they all got done in about an hour and a half.”

This is not the only thing that Highland students have volunteered to participate in to earn red cord hours.

Every summer, coach Jody Fink asks the high school girls basketball players to help with the summer camps he holds and the winer tournament.

Most of the team shows up to help the younger players learn the fundamentals of the game or to run the scoreboard at the tournaments.

During the Highland wrestling tournament, some high school students helped work the stand and whatever else they were asked to do as another way to earn red cord hours.

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