ACT testing day gives some Riverside students opportunity to give back

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ABOVE: Riverside High School students, from the left, Andrew Racine, Darick Cotterman, Christian Downing and Levi Godwin put the finishing touches on their space-themed Doors of Encouragement entry Tuesday in their school art room for the Riverside Community Do-Good Day. HOME PAGE SLIDE SHOW PHOTO: Student radio station personnel Aaron Kean, foreground, and James Hudson organize vending machine candy items at the school’s radio studio for 91.7 WDEQ. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

While Riverside High School juniors sat quietly at computers Tuesday morning for about three hours to complete the staterequired ACT Test, their high school cohorts in grades nine, 10 and 12 also rolled up their shirt sleeves to pursue different types of work, both outdoors and inside, through the school’s Community Do-Good Day.

Some pupils grabbed paint brushes in the school art room to collaborate on a large-scale piece, while others utilized rakes and other tools on the school baseball diamond for clean-up efforts preparing the field for the upcoming season. Other high schoolers also could be found making improvements in the DeGraff Village Park, working along rural roadsides for litter cleanup details or even in barns or garages of family members or neighbors assisting in various spring cleaning capacities.

Also to promote concentration for the test-takers, seventh-graders and eight-graders headed out of the building for the day for a field trip to Camp Willson, 2732 County Road 11, Bellefontaine. Riverside Junior High and High School Principal Kelly Kauffman said the school’s first Do-Good Day last year during the ACT state testing day was well received by pupils, who appreciated the chance to pick their activities for the day and how they would serve their community, whether that was through an effort at the school grounds or outside of their regular classroom walls.

“This idea has worked out great this year and last year, providing a nice, quiet atmosphere for our juniors to take their test,” the principal said. “At the same time, the other high-schoolers look forward to the chance to help their school and neighbors and to make their mark on the community. And of course, they enjoy the added benefit of not attending regular classes during the school day.

“After they finish up today, they’re each assigned to write a paper that’s due by the end of the week to detail their experiences and why they think it’s important to help in the community.”

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