Over the course of one school year, 3,000 Elkhart high school students have clocked in over 30,000 hours of community service. Elkhart Memorial and Elkhart Central worked together to do their part for the community around them.
Superintendent Rob Haworth spearheaded the project as a way to engage students in a common theme. The students then agreed on a 30,000-hour goal between the two high schools.
Students conducted various projects from one-on-one neighborhood help like shoveling snow and raking leaves, to volunteering at established organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society.
"I think it shows high school students can make a difference even at our younger age and stuff like that. We came together and helped our community,” said Becca Hasler, senior at Elkhart Central.
According to Rod Roberson, executive director at Church Community Services, "They showed that Elkhart could be one community that's after one goal, which is to help people. They’ll remember this for the rest of their lives because they came together to accomplish a feat that meant something to someone else, not just themselves."
Friday, the group was recognized by the Indiana General Assembly, Senator Joe Donnelly, and Mayor Dick Moore for their hard work. Students will celebrate in the park between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The students will also attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest game of Red Light Green Light and tag.