The Look Program at Clermont 20/20 has been working with area high school students throughout the school year to develop leadership skills, provide opportunities to put their skills to practice, instill in them a life-long commitment to community service and learn the dynamics of working in the community.
One group of students is working on a community project named “Friday Night Donations.” The group, made up of six students from around the county, meet once a month and were recently given the task of forming a fund-raiser.
“We had to choose something that would benefit Clermont County,” said Morgan Sperry. “It sounds easy, but is very difficult. The students do the work in finding people to donate, making signs to inform people, and just getting everything all together.”
"The fund-raiser will be held Friday, Jan. 22 at Amelia, Batavia, CNE and Williamsburg high school boys basketball games," said Sperry. "All the schools are going to have a bake sale and donation box for people to buy the food and give money for donations. Another thing we are going to do is sell tickets for a raffle made up of donated items from places around each town."
All the donations collected during the event will be given to the Clermont YWCA to purchase needed items such as fuel cards, gift cards, personal care items, hats, gloves, scarves, and paper products.
"Our goal, as a group, is to collect $500 in items or money," said Sperry. "People can bring items for the shelter instead of money. We are also going to set up posters informing people about the YWCA so they will know who and what they are donating to."
According to Terri Rechtin, Look Program coordinator, the students will receive college credit for the work they are doing.
"The students are required to do a community project as part of the program," said Rechtin. "We have a total of 26 kids in the program this year and they will receive college credit for the community work they are doing."
Those who are participating the "Friday Night Donations" project include, Sperry for Amelia High School; Rachel Meisberger for Williamsburg High School; Seth Varner and Ashley Gilkerson for Clermont Northeastern High School; Ashley Grimes for Batavia High School, and Andrea Sparks for either Batavia or Williamsburg high school.
The nine-month leadership program is comprised of high school juniors and seniors. The students are nominated to be in the program and must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. As part of the post secondary option in Ohio, students can earn three quarter college credits from the University of Cincinnati Clermont College when they successfully complete the course.
To find out more about the Look program, visit the Clermont 20/20 web site at www. clermont2020.org or call Terri Rechtin at (513) 753-9222.