To the Editor: Students experienced service to community in Wayne 'stop'
Written by Donna Shurr   
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 09:05
For the past 12 years, students from many Lorain County Schools, including Oberlin High School, have had the opportunity to attend the three-day Rotary sponsored World Community Workshop at Defiance College. This trip is made possible through local Rotary Clubs and The Lorain County Joint Vocational School (LCJVS) who provides a bus.
The three-day workshop for high school students focuses on learning about the history, customs, economics and political issues of a selected region of the world.  This year, students explored and learned about the history and current challenges in Ghana.  Through research, small group discussions, hands-on activities, and informative presentations, students collaborated with teens throughout Ohio and from ten other countries. This workshop also provided an excellent opportunity to make new friends with other high school students from Ohio and from around the world, while being introduced to life on a college campus.
The adult leaders agreed that the students were outstanding in their participation and eagerness to learn and share during the activities.  This year also brought out the best in all of them, as hey demonstrated flexibility and patience as the trip took a detour.
This experience is always memorable  but this year it became a teachable moment and an unforgettable event.  Half way home at the intersection of Routes 6 and 281 the bus broke down. Though a very experienced bus driver was not able to discover the problem and called for maintenance and another bus.  The teachers' main concern became the safety of the students.
Deputies with the Wood County Sheriff's office and called for help.  Fire trucks from the Wayne Volunteer Fire Station, vans and cars driven by volunteer firefighters came to the rescue of the students and teachers.  All were transported to the station to wait for the new bus and learn how ordinary people do extraordinary acts of kindness.  
Everyone was overwhelmed at the spirit of community and generosity of time given these volunteers.  When one volunteer heard that two of the students might not make the prom, she volunteered to bring them back to Lorain County.  
The students will never forget this trip because of the great kindness of these dedicated firefighters.  After spending three days learning about service, the students ended seeing service in action.
Donna Shurr
Oberlin High School
Oberlin, Ohio

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