Lake Ridge Academy Community Day of Service

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Lake Ridge Academy students, faculty, and staff spend the day helping the community on their annual day of service.

Lake Ride Academy student, faculty, and staff.

"One of the things that we share at Lake Ridge Academy, whether in Kindergarten or 12th grade, is our commitment to community service. Once a year, we close the school to enable all our students, faculty and staff to be able to give back to the community at the Lorain and Cuyahoga County Metro Parks. Community service is a hallmark of a Lake Ridge Academy education," said Carol Klimas, the school’s President.

Lower school students were paired with a buddy from the middle and upper school and together they tackled their assigned projects. Some of the lower school students worked hard on painting the play yard, planting flowers and mulching on campus while other lower school students traveled to the French Creek Park and the Miller Nature Preserve in Avon, Ohio to weed and mulch. The 4th grade class along with their upper school buddies traveled to the High Meadows Picnic Area in Elyria, Ohio where the students met with the naturalist and spoke about storm run-off and trash accumulation damage. The hard working students then assisted with picking up the trash along the stream bank.

The 5th and 8th grade classes went to Huntington Beach, where they met with representatives from the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center and the Alliance for the Great Lakes to understand the importance of a clean lake and the environmental and biological hazards of pollution in Lake Erie. After a short talk, the students were divided into groups and hiked down to Huntington Beach to clean the beach and collect data for the Alliance that is used for Great Lakes grants and policy decisions. The 6th grade students along with some upper school students worked in the Rose Garden at Lakeview Park. Students met with the naturalist and discussed the history of the Rose Garden, its importance to the community and the importance of water quality. The students then edged the Rose Garden.

The 7th grade class and upper school students volunteered at the Neighborhood Alliance Senior Center in Oberlin, Ohio and at the Oberlin Co-op Community Gardens. They cleaned the Senior Center and cleared summer plantings and planted fall items.

The remaining upper school students assisted at Day’s Dam, staining the Tram Station, and doing stream bank work at the Kopf Family Reservation . Students also enjoyed meeting with a naturalist to discuss the “history” of the park and the environmental impact of saving the woods.

The Day of Service is one of many community outreach programs Lake Ridge Academy students and faculty support.

About Lake Ridge Academy:

Lake Ridge Academy is an independent, nonsectarian day school offering co-educational classes from kindergarten through grade 12.

Founded in 1963, Lake Ridge Academy is committed to providing small class sizes and maintains an 8:1 student ratio. Located on a beautiful 88 acre campus, we are the only independent college preparatory school on Cleveland's west side.

Our mission is to send into a changing world confident young people of integrity who think critically and creatively while embracing the joy of lifelong learning.

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