Making the Community Beautiful Again

Students from the senior class participate in service learning projects during testing day


Katie Schroeder

Jordan Asta (12) and his classmates pulled weeds and planted flowers during the service learning day. “It felt good to be able to do something to make our school beautiful again,” Asta said. Many students participated in a service project for the community of Oakville.

On Tuesday, April 18, 2023, the sophomore and junior classes spent the morning testing while the freshman had a field day. The seniors, however, spent the day doing service learning projects to help the community. The senior class secretary, Renee Lamatina, organized the service learning project event. 

“Seniors get assigned a service learning project just to make them feel more connected to the community,” Lamatina said. “Helping people and doing good things for someone makes you feel better about yourself.”

Two of the seniors that participated had similar experiences while doing their service learning projects. . 

Jordan Asta spent the day with his peers making the outside of the school beautiful again. Asta picked weeds, laid mulch and planted flowers around the building with his classmates

 “We started early in the morning and ended our project when the school day was over,” Asta said. “It made me feel really good to be able to help out my school and the community.”

A couple of the students and staff members noticed the new landscaping around the school and appreciated the students’ hard work. 

“They really freshened everything up and got everything ready at our school for spring,” Lamatina said. “When I first saw their finished work, I immediately noticed that it looks much cleaner and makes the school look like a better and more inviting place.”

 Madelyn Winter had a similar experience to Asta’s. Her grandfather owns Rosemont Senior Living Centre, so they went and planted flowers and talked with the residents.

“It made me feel really good because the residents love to look at the flowers,” Winter said. “When we went inside, the residents talked about how beautiful it looked and that they were glad that we did it.”

Overall, many students and staff feel it is important to do a senior service learning project every year, as it gives students the opportunity to give back to their community and gain new experiences helping others. 

“Doing my service learning project made me feel good,” Winter said. “I think it is important that we help the people in our community and better their lives.”