AKRON, Ohio - Reading to senior citizens, packing boxes at the Food Bank and assisting at the Salvation Army. These are not the kind of activities you expect high school students to do, on their day off from school.
Dozens of students from the Closing the Achievement Gap (CTAG) Program of Akron Public Schools volunteered their time on Wednesday. Their schools, Buchtel, North, East and Kenmore were closed for a teacher training day.
Christian Felding, a freshman at North High School, helped his classmates pack boxes of jelly at the Akron-Canton Food Bank.
"It's like really fun how everybody connects with each other," Felding said. "We're doing, like, team building exercises to like, get everybody ready to be productive in the future."
The students not only help the Food Bank and the people they serve, Laura Bennett, vice president of the Akron-Canton Food Bank, said the students also learn a valuable lesson.
"We always find that when the kids get here they really get into what they are doing and they feel a sense of accomplishment and enjoy what they are doing," Bennett said.
"Often times they will come back with their families or even on their own with a group of friends, because they understand and they can lay their hands on the food and really have a connection to what it is and what it is going to do to change the lives of people in our community."