MATTOON — The success of last year's service day has led Mattoon High School students and staff to schedule a return of the event in 2019, according to school officials.
The "Green and Gold Service Day" is scheduled for Sept. 20 and the school is looking for additional volunteer locations. It will lead into the week of MHS homecoming activities.
"We hope to expand opportunities for our students to serve in our community this year," said MHS Principal Rich Stuart. "We had such an overwhelmingly positive response to last year’s Green and Gold Service Day."
Stuart said the goal was to add events and activities to make the homecoming celebration more of a week-long event. The plans for this year include a homecoming parade on the evening of Sept. 25.
In September of last year, MHS students and others took part in volunteer activities in nearly two dozen locations across Coles County.
Now, there's an opportunity for organizations to request volunteer work on the upcoming service day. The school is also accepting registration for the homecoming parade and other homecoming week events.
Among those, organizers are also looking for business representatives to participate in a "Futures Day" set for Sept. 26.
Stuart said the school is also recruiting colleges, universities and tech and trade schools to take part.
The event follows surveys of MHS students last spring in which they were asked about their interests in careers.
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There will be a day session and an evening session to make it easier for families to meet with presenters and learn more about career opportunities, organizers said.
Also, another event scheduled in conjunction with homecoming is "Alumni Day" on Sept. 27.
Stuart said the event will be an addition to the ongoing selection of alumni into the high school's hall of fame.
"This year we would like to expand this into a day where MHS Alumni of all ages and backgrounds can share about their path and career with our students," he said.
Also scheduled for Sept. 25 is the "Broadway Bolt," a three-mile run that will begin at 6:15 p.m. at the Mattoon train depot. It will revive an event that took place regularly several years ago.
There will be 11 age groups ranging from younger than 19 to 65 and older. Proceeds from registration fees will go to support the community service day and the high school's cross country program.
Registrations forms for the run are available at Mattoon's Williams Elementary School or Mattoon Area Family YMCA.
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