May 13, 2015
Video shows HP students making a difference at Boys and Girls Club

On a beautiful weekend day in April, a group of dedicated students from Highland Park High School volunteered their time at the Boys and Girls Club in Oak Cliff. The students are members of the school's Community Service Council (CSC), and they were participating in Make a Difference Day, a bi-annual event that encourages people to lend a hand in their communities.

The students swept the floors, took out trash, built tables and chairs and painted signs to help brighten up the Boys and Girls Club. Kathryn Mootz, HPHS junior and CSC President, was thrilled to have more than 50 of her fellow students give of their time.

"A lot of the students here today are just giving out of the kindness of their hearts," Mootz said. "I believe that's one of the special things about Community Service Council."

HPHS seniors are required to complete 50 hours of community service during their high school career, and many students choose to go above and beyond that requirement. The Class of 2015 completed 71,127 hours of community service, an average of 133 hours per student.

"Most of these kids [at the Make a Difference event] are well past the graduation requirement," Brad Sanders, CSC Co-Sponsor, said. "They're doing this because they want to, and they're excited about it."

Click here to view a video of the CSC volunteering during Make a Difference Day.