Kings H.S. seniors volunteer on national day of service

Seniors from the Kings school district remembered 9-11 by performing community service projects.

280 seniors took part in this national day of service and remembrance by lending a hand to organizations that serve the community.

One group of kids volunteered at Matthew 25 Ministries in Blue Ash where they folded and sorted clothes.

This program is entirely organized by the kids themselves. They decide where they're going to work and senior Zack Middleton says they learn the value of serving others. "I get the thrill of seeing the senior classes come together and really form friendships that people didn't know that they would have so its pretty cool."

Middleton is one of the organizers and he says it was his idea to lend a hand at Matthew 25 Ministries. "I picked Matthew 25 because you can do different things around here. You're all together and you can talk while you do it. I just think it's a good way to bond."

Brandon Coughlin says this national day of service is a good way of honoring those who died on 9-11. "Honestly like every year I remember where I was in like first grade. I remember my mom getting all freaked out and taking me out of school and this is just a great way to like commemorate it and everything and remember everybody that was affected by it."

Tim Mettey with Matthew 25 Ministries says seeing the kids volunteering is what this country is all about. "What makes America so great is that through our tragedy we are able to help others and we build up each other and so this is just a perfect example of how the community really rises to help others know most people would say this is our time of need, but it just shows how great America is and how great these students are by coming out and volunteering today."

This is the third year the Kings school district has been involved in the day of service and superintendent Valerie Browning says it teaches the seniors a valuable lesson. "Its a good history lesson for them and a good remembrance of that day, but we also at Kings school district believe in instilling our kids with a sense of community service."

The students participated in the day of service along the Mason-Deerfield Rotary Club.

Volunteers were sent to a total of nine service agencies including the South Lebanon food bank and Habitat for Humanity in Hamilton.