MCHS students focus on outreach efforts during Going Beyond Day

By on October 24, 2018

Preston Fahnestock (in maroon T-shirt) and Darren Burton clean windows inside the Manheim Historical Society’s restored 1917 cabin car as part of Manheim Central High School’s Going Beyond Day. (Photos by Rochelle Shenk)

The Manheim area was abuzz with activity Thursday, Oct. 18 as more than 350 Manheim Central High School juniors and seniors participated in a community outreach effort dubbed Going Beyond Day.

“Something I’ve learned about Manheim is how involved the community is in the school and that’s a great benefit to our learners. Going Beyond Day is an opportunity for our learners to learn something about the community and the community organizations that support them,” explained Zachary Bauermaster, assistant principal, “It’s not a graduation requirement; it’s a life lesson learners can take with them. We’re looking to develop and foster ongoing relationships within our community and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others through service.”

Manheim Central learners, along with a staff member, spent the morning at the organization then came back to the high school for a picnic and an opportunity to discuss their experiences. Bauermaster said participants were encouraged to share photos of their experiences via social media.

Ten learners worked indoors and outdoors at the Manheim Historical Society’s restored railroad station complex removing litter and debris from the grounds, cleaning windows in the restored 1917 cabin car (caboose), and other light maintenance. Allanah Green, one of the glassblowers with Stiegel Glassworks, also demonstrated her craft to learners at the glass studio located in the complex.

Dallas Stanley (left) and Mikayla Regan demonstrate Hands Only CPR as part of Manheim Central High School’s Going Beyond Day.

“We received descriptions of the places we could volunteer at; the historical society sounded cool to me. They gave us a tour and I was surprised by how much is here,” said Preston Fahnestock.

“We’re introducing them to the historical society and what we’re all about. We need to let younger people know that we’re here and hopefully get them interested as volunteers,” said historical society vice president Wes Geib.

A group of learners also assisted the Jubilee store in Manheim by unpacking 100 boxes of holiday items and arranging them in the store’s Christmas room, which will open to customers the beginning of November. The job usually takes two members of Jubilee’s staff a full day to do; the group of student volunteers accomplished the job in less than two hours.

“Any one of us, no matter what our age, can take a tiny amount of time to help out an organization like this that helps people in the community,” said T.J. Faulkner.

Students also partnered with Northwest EMS to present Hands Only CPR demonstrations to shoppers at Longenecker’s Hardware. Dallas Stanley said she was already CPR certified, while fellow student Mikayla Regan said she hadn’t done CPR since an eighth grade first aid course and was glad for the refresher.

“I never realized how critical it is to begin administering CPR in the first few minutes after a cardiac arrest. Hands Only CPR is something I’ll remember, and I’m glad I could teach it to others,” Regan said.

Pleasant View Retirement Community also welcomed a group of students. A few did fall cleanup work outside, while others assembled marketing materials for an upcoming open house event and had an opportunity to interact with residents via a mobile snack and sundry cart that’s stocked by the Pleasant View Auxiliary.

(Left to right) Josiah Lutz, Marco Maciel, Jacob Oberholtzer, Nicole Trimmer, Destyni Goss, and Jadyn Paige with the snacks and sundries cart they wheeled among Pleasant View residents as part of Manheim Central High School’s Going Beyond Day.

“It’s so important for kids to have an opportunity to be involved in community service. There’s so much they can learn from our residents; our residents can also learn from them. It’s also important for a younger generation to see how we care for residents in a community such as ours,” said Amanda Hall, Pleasant View sales and marketing manager.

For students Josiah Lutz and Jacob Oberholtzer, who both work in food service at Pleasant View, it was an opportunity to see another side of the retirement community.

“Manheim is a family-focused community. The community often helps our school, so it’s cool that we had this opportunity to help out the community,” said student Laura Good.

The district partnered with 27 organizations within the community and the county as well as an organization in Lebanon and an organization in Hershey Organizations included the Manheim Community Farm Show, Mennonite Central Committee, Zion Preschool, Ronald McDonald House, Mennonite Central Committee, Aaron’s Acres, Manheim Community Library, Saint Richard Church and the school district’s maintenance department.

Bauermaster said a committee of 15 staff members began organizing the event in the spring. The goal is to have the entire school participate, but this inaugural effort was open only to juniors and seniors, and nearly all members of both classes participated.

“We’re excited to see all of our efforts come together,” said committee member Keisha McCauley.

The next Going Beyond Day will be held sometime in the spring.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

(Left to right) Autumn Greiner, Laura Good and Makenna Copley dump weeds and leaves they cleared from flowerbeds and other landscaped places at Pleasant View Retirement Community as part of Manheim Central High School’s Going Beyond Day.

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