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10th Anniversary of Seven Hills Middle School Day of Service

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, Jan. 16, will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Seven Hills Middle School’s Day On, Not Off. While many people have the day off from school or work, Seven Hills students, teachers, and their families are encouraged to give back to their communities and support those in need.

“For a decade, volunteers from our Middle School community and beyond have met at local community service agencies to give their time and effort to improving the lives of those less fortunate,” said Head of Seven Hills Middle School Bill Waskowitz.

This year, students and their families have the opportunity to volunteer at Matthew 25: Ministries in Blue Ash and A Child’s Hope Int’l in Sharonville. The day aligns with Waskowitz’s belief in prosocial behavior, which includes a wide range of actions such as helping, sharing, comforting, and cooperating.

“Anyone who has had the chance to volunteer in local organizations that help the less fortunate knows the power of prosocial behavior. Aside from benefitting others, actively helping others, simply put, feels good and validates the importance of empathy and compassion,” he said.

Kindness, caring, and compassion are some of the Seven Hills values that Waskowitz promotes in the newly expanded and renovated Middle School, which opened in April 2022 and was designed to makes students feel supported.

“The adults are not present in every moment of the students’ lives, but we are there and they sense that and know they have their own community. We want the students to know they have their own community in each grade but are also part of the larger Middle School community that loves and supports them,” Waskowtiz said.