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AHS Students Shine After Ottawa Flood




Archbold High School students assisting flood victims in Ottawa, Friday, Aug. 31 were, front row from left: Lizette Cooper, Dani Weigand, Ashley Double, Ashlie Horst, Chelsea Giesige, Sara Davis, Miriam Gutierrez. Second row: Amy Laibe, flood victim; Matt Jacoby; Audri Rodriguez; Laci Flores; Laura Wylie; Rahel Frei; Nicole Babcock; Dani Dailey; Jenell Yaichner; Kayla Short; Amanda Graber; Abby Huerta. Third row: Sam Laibe, flood victim; Maria Strawn; Amanda Wyse; Brandon Wagner; Cody Sauder; Kelsey Sevey; Colin Shannon; Joey Schroeder; Lucas Cameron; Colton Hulshof; Tyler Short; Dustin Kauzlick; Jordan Gracia; Josh Huerta; Garrett Waidelich; Josh Wyse.-  courtesy photo

Archbold High School students assisting flood victims in Ottawa, Friday, Aug. 31 were, front row from left: Lizette Cooper, Dani Weigand, Ashley Double, Ashlie Horst, Chelsea Giesige, Sara Davis, Miriam Gutierrez. Second row: Amy Laibe, flood victim; Matt Jacoby; Audri Rodriguez; Laci Flores; Laura Wylie; Rahel Frei; Nicole Babcock; Dani Dailey; Jenell Yaichner; Kayla Short; Amanda Graber; Abby Huerta. Third row: Sam Laibe, flood victim; Maria Strawn; Amanda Wyse; Brandon Wagner; Cody Sauder; Kelsey Sevey; Colin Shannon; Joey Schroeder; Lucas Cameron; Colton Hulshof; Tyler Short; Dustin Kauzlick; Jordan Gracia; Josh Huerta; Garrett Waidelich; Josh Wyse.- courtesy photo

They proved they were up to the challenge!

Archbold High School students received numerous compliments for the services they performed in Ottawa, Friday, Aug. 31.

Ottawa was one the communities along the Blanchard River that was severely damaged by flooding last month.

Originally the trip was open to Archbold vocational agriculture and industrial arts students, but when word was received that many students were needed, all seniors were invited.

Thirty-six students accepted the challenge to help flood victims. Traveling by school bus, they surprised people living on the west side of Ottawa, knocking on doors and offering to help with the mess and damages left by the flood waters.

Emotionally-depressed residents of the community opened their doors and accepted the students’ offers.

At the end of the day, the students were worn out from removing watersoaked wallboard, carpeting and linoleum, mopping floors, and stripping kitchen cabinets.

When the students finished the day, they knew the Ottawa residents were glad for their help.

For decades, Archbold residents have volunteered and performed volunteer services. They have worked with such organizations as Mennonite Disaster Services, Red Cross, Lutheran Social Services, and many others.

Locals help at senior citizen centers, Hospice, area hospitals, blood draws, food drives, and even recycling centers.

Such social work never goes unnoticed. It has become ingrained in Archbold culture.

Youngsters learn about volunteering at an early age in this village. Many Archbold residents have helped the needy in America and around the world. When disaster strikes, they gather together and head for the disaster area. They use their skills to get others back on their feet.

Local residents have a strong sense of service. At a young age, Archbold youth learn the value and joy of serving others who are in serious need.

Teaching and volunteering are some of the greatest assets we pass to our youth, along with believing in the importance of charity. The compassion displayed to Ottawa citizens is a gleaming example of Archbold generosity.

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