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Intersessions Inspire Community Involvement
By Allison Jordan and Alexandra Schoellkopf

“Running is my passion, so helping others complete this marathon was really cool.”

So exclaimed eighth grader Sean Borgman as he stepped away from sorting t-shirts to help organizers and runners gear up for the annual Cleveland Marathon. Borgman was just one of more than dozens of eighth graders who chose to participate in the Cleveland Marathon intersession, one of nine intersessions offered to eighth graders.

Some students were led outdoors as they braced the cold weather and harsh rain in an effort to aid their community. Some patriotic students rolled up their sleeves and worked hard in order to help maintain the USS Cod’s reputation for being a beautiful military landmark.

“This intersession was awesome because we not only got the chance to learn the history of a huge submarine, but also we were able to help make the surrounding area nicer,” explained eighth grader Charlie Wood.

Other intersessions also had a beneficial impact on the community. They included volunteering at the Cleveland Food Bank the Ronald McDonald House; cleaning up the area around the Cleveland Children's Museum; sorting medical supplies for MedWish International; helping animals at a local humane society; supporting those fighting cancer; and exploring the history behind the hip-hop culture.

The purpose of these intersessions was to allow students a break from the traditional classroom setting and offer them a new way to learn about their community. The service-based activities were all created in an effort to introduce eighth graders to the various volunteer opportunities at their disposal.

Eighth grader Adam Lubell enthusiastically stated, “Volunteering at these types of organizations is great because you get to interact with the people whose lives you are affecting.”
You may view all of the photographs from the eighth grade intersession by clicking here.

Editor's note: Allison and Alexandra are working with the Communications Department as part of their Senior Projects. They are focusing on telling the "Orange Story" through the eyes of soon-to-be Orange graduates. Allison will attend Miami University in the fall and plans to major in business. Alexandra will attend The Ohio State University and hopes to pursue a career in international relations.