Parkview High School students learn lessons outside the classroom

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield students spent time outside the classroom learning lessons about the need in the community.

Parkview High School students spent the morning at Crosslines, helping mostly the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks.

Every freshman, sophomore and junior from Parkview spends a day working in the community. Seniors are having a career day. The students are spread out across about 30 different sites, from non-profits to elementary schools in the district.

“Our purpose is to teach about service learning and helping others and to show our kids that it’s a big world out there, and there’s a lot of people that need a lot of help,” said Jason Michel, Parkview High School Assistant Principal. “And as part of our leadership program at school, we teach you a lot about compassion and helping others.”

Five years ago, the school started this effort called “Parkview Cares.” It is now an annual event.