Rosman High Seniors Give Back To Their Community

Rosman High School Seniors Give Back To Their Community
Posted on 11/14/2019
RHS seniors in the Class of 2020 devoted over 400 hours of community service, including a 10-student crew cleaning up the French Broad River.

Rosman High School (RHS) wants to instill in its students not just the idea of service to others but also learning about community resources.
One way to do this is to continue the annual tradition of Senior Service Day, which happened on Oct. 15. 
This year, 60 students and seven adults worked at six different locations, with over 400 work hours donated to better Transylvania County.
"This was my first time chaperoning a group," said RHS custodian Rick Pangle. "It was so rewarding to see our students jump right in and get to work. They were so genuine in everything they did throughout the day."
Also this year, 10 students did a river cleanup project. The river was low, so they found more trash than normal. It took three trucks to haul it all to the dump, including one truck that was just full of tires.

Rosman High Class of 2020 devoted over 400 hours of community service, including a cleanup of the French Broad River

"The river cleanup is a fun way to help the environment, teach the kids about the importance of the river and connect with the kids," said chaperone Amy Schoenacher. "Plus, we just had a blast doing some good!" Headwaters Outfitters provides the canoes and guides for this group each year. One big accomplishment of the day revolves around the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) students completing approximately 400 vision screenings for students in grades 1st – 5th, 7th and 10th at four local schools, including RHS, Rosman Middle School (RMS), Rosman Elementary School (RES) and TC Henderson Elementary School.

Amy Parker, school nurse, said that a student's vision may influence scholastic achievements. "As a direct result of the vision screenings conducted, many students will be referred to an eye doctor for an eye exam and potentially for glasses," she said.

"Without school-based vision screening programs and trained student volunteers to help complete the screenings, many of these students would continue to struggle daily with unknown visual challenges." Two groups helped at TC Henderson Elementary and RES.

Rosman High Class of 2020 devoted over 400 hours of community service, including refreshing the outside at RES and TC Henderson

At TC Henderson students painted tiger paws on the driveway and helped clean flower beds and the walking trail. At RES, students took 5th grade pictures and helped them paint their spirit rock. They built flower boxes and helped in classrooms. "It was great to have our students see great role models of work ethic and also giving back to their community. The hallway and the driveway is adorned with tiger paws. It is always an awesome experience for our students," said TCH Principal Audrey Reneau. RES Lead teacher Crystal Whitman helps organize the seniors who work at RES. "It was such a wonderful, hardworking group of seniors," she said. "Not only was I super excited to see them, but was so impressed with the wonderful job each one did. I was super proud and thankful." Cleaning, sprucing up and sorting was a big goal of the day. Students sorted, organized and purged donations at Tiger Town Thrift Store. Across the street at the high school, the students were doing more of the same.

Rosman High Class of 2020 devoted over 400 hours of community service, including time spent at Ridge Haven Camp

"I appreciate that I can tell students what needs to be done, walk away and it looks great when I come back," says RHS Principal Jason Ormsby. "Students did a great job trimming bushes and cleaning flower beds." "Senior Service Day is always one of my favorite days of the year," said guidance secretary and chaperone Tracie Owen. "It's always great to give back to the community and to influence teenagers to give back, too." Every year, Julie Queen, who helps organize the day, tries to find a new group or organization to help. "We have a few places we know we are going to,"Queen said. "However, our goal is to benefit the community. It's a good feeling to go in and tackle a big project that might not otherwise get done." This year, the group that benefited was Ridge Haven Conference Center. Students helped set up for a fall festival and cleaned up brush and sticks from walking trails. "The students from Rosman were some of the most respectful and enjoyable volunteers we have had. They were willing and eager to serve and joyful as they went about working with us," says Cameron Anderson, operations director of Ridge Haven.

Rosman High Class of 2020 devoted over 400 hours of community service, including a cleanup of the French Broad River

RHS provided each student with a T-shirt to commemorate the day, as well as lunch and snacks, with an annual cost around $800. In the past eight years, this event has been funded entirely by grants and donations. This year's class would like to thank Queen's Mini Mart and Whitmire Grading for helping fund the event. If you would like to help sponsor this activity in the future, contact Queen at or call 862-4284.

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