Tech-Savvy Students Assist at GESMV Fair

A group of Eagle volunteers took advantage of half a day of classes earlier this month, putting their tech savvy skills to good use at a community outreach event for people with disabilities.

When school was dismissed at noon for Parent-Teacher Conferences on Nov. 7, about 15 students headed to the Job Center on Edwin C. Moses Boulevard where they worked at stations during Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley's 2013 Assistive Technology Fair, co-hosted by Got-Autism. Volunteers showed guests ways of using an iPad and iPad apps during shifts from 1 to 6 p.m.

“The students from CJ did an awesome job, and the fair would not have been nearly as successful without their help,” said Martha O’Dell, volunteer program manager at GESMV. She was recently named the 2013 Miami Valley Volunteer Program Administrator of the Year.

“When it comes to using technology, who better to turn to than young people,” she rhetorically asked. O’Dell said the students were an asset not only because of their digital intuitiveness, but also for their welcoming, patient and responsive attitudes.

Freshman Anjalee Guy (pictured with classmate Amari Smith above) said she decided to volunteer at the fair because it sounded like an enjoyable way to fill the free afternoon.

“Service is just fun. You get to interact with people in the community and meet new people from around the school who you may not know,” said Anjalee, who has already surpassed the minimum service requirement for this semester. So far this fall she has served with the Key Club, volunteered at a Montgomery County Fairgrounds festival, and worked at the St. Peter’s food pantry.

At CJ, all grade levels are required to fulfill a service component for their religion class. Students are encouraged to stop in the office of ministry and service for an updated listing of approved service opportunities.