Students at Mars Hill Academy won’t have a normal day of classes Friday.
The 165 students in grades 4-12 at the Mason School will go to eight different locations throughout the region to serve the community. Younger students will remain on campus to do service projects at the school, said Roger Wismer, headmaster.
“Serving one another sacrificially is ingrained in our school’s culture, so we look forward to this special day where we take that love of service out into the community,’’ Wismer said.
The students will be doing home repairs in Hamilton, clearing brush at Camp Swoneky in Oregonia, and assembling personal care kits for disaster relief.
Third-graders at the school will collect, sort and box used shoes for a mission trip overseas. Others will create pictures with blessings in Spanish for distribution to a mission team in Honduras.
Girls in grades six through eight will clean and sanitize toys at the Lebanon and South Lebanon Early Learning Centers.
Second-graders will collect pop can tops and sort newspapers that will be donated to the Pleasant Plain-based Paws for People With Disabilities. They will also get a demonstration of what it’s like to go through the school day in a wheelchair.
Organizations that will benefit from the day of service include Camp Swoneky, Butler County Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families, Matthew 25 Ministries, Master Provisions, Circle Tail, and Mars Hill Academy.