Tracking Vets for Sophomore Service
BWHS Junior Carla Rogner took a unique approach with her Sophomore Service Project during the 2012-13 school year. Carla, with help from her middle school basketball coach, Jeff Noble (Commander, L/CPL Wesley G. Davids Post 800 American Legion), worked through several nursing homes to identify veterans.
While all Bishop Watterson students are encouraged to do community service throughout their high school years, sophomores, as part of the theology curriculum, are required to complete a Sophomore Service Project.
Carla contacted many nursing homes in the Dublin area in an effort to identify veterans and connect them with the local community. Through her efforts, she was able to identify more than 200 veterans in Dublin nursing homes.
“When Mr. Noble mentioned he wanted to get this project done so that the community could show appreciation to the veterans, I thought it would be a good way to give back,” said Rogner.
The pinnacle of the project was when veterans from the Dublin Retirement Village attended Memorial Day ceremonies where they were honored. The project was so productive, in fact, that one of the commissioners wants to expand it through Franklin County.
The Bishop Watterson service program began in 1984 with a request for students to help a young boy with physical disabilities. By 1996 Bishop Watterson worked with 36 organizations and in 2013 the number of agencies partnering with BWHS has grown to 65.