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BEND, OR -- Summit High students are ramping up efforts to serve not only their own school, but also the whole Bend community. High school students recently traveled to Juniper and Miller elementary schools to teach younger kids about kindness; on March 16, they’ll perform community service around the school district during a "Storm Schools" event; and they're preparing for "Storm the House." Student Body President Shade Streeter explains: "It’s a week long project during Spring Break where kids from all over Summit, involved in everything, go and partner with Habitat for Humanity to build a house for low-income families or they help with the ReStore."

 

Streeter tells KBND News, the encouragement to serve with Habitat for Humanity and other projects comes mostly from their peers. "To get involved in the community and help people who don’t usually get help. The Summit students really love that. Everyone gets involved; we have lots of kids do it. I think last year we had around 45 kids do it. So, it’s a really good opportunity, especially if you don’t have something going on during Spring Break."

 

And, their efforts stretch abroad, as well. Streeter says students are more than halfway to their goal of raising $9,000 to buy desks for a refugee school in Rwanda. 
 
Summit High Principal Alice DeWittie says service and fundraising efforts are a way students can put into practice the “Summit values” of compassion, integrity and grit. "Very important around the compassion piece is seeing a need and doing something about it. And, that encompasses all of our community service options that we have at Summit – all the way from whole-school activities, to individual clubs, to things Student Council is doing. All these things give students an opportunity to learn compassion, exercise compassion and to give back to the community."
 
To hear our full conversation with Streeter and Dewittie, click HERE

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