WORTHINGTON — Summers never bring things to a halt in Independent School District 518. From the summer meals program, to summer school and EDGE, to ongoing community education classes, there is plenty of hustle and bustle going on in our facilities. This past week was no exception. Besides the normal summer activities of District 518, Worthington High School hosted a large group of individuals visiting our area to donate their time and efforts to community members.

Around 360 people took up lodging in Worthington High School during their stay. The lobby was converted into a commons area with plenty of activities to keep the guests occupied in their down time. Ping-pong tables, complex coloring books, craft stations and a homemade photo booth lined the halls. The main gymnasium was used for assemblies. Classrooms were turned into dormitories. Our food service staff worked tirelessly to feed this expansive crew in the high school cafeteria.

Each morning after an assembly, the volunteer workers filed into buses and were brought to various homes in Worthington or the surrounding communities. There they got to work accomplishing their main goal: completing projects at local homes. For anyone who had a project that needed to get done but not the means to complete it, these busy workers were quick to lend assistance. Interior and exterior painting and minor construction and repairs were on the list of projects.

Independent School District 518 would like to extend a thank you to this group who traveled to our community to lend a hand. All the work you have done is greatly appreciated, and we hope you enjoyed your stay in the area we call home. We would also like to thank the 360-person group for being such gracious guests at District 518. Thank you for respecting our facility.

Anything that makes our community a stronger, safer, more beautiful place is in favor of all who live here. The projects that were completed have helped to form a bond between community members and those who were visiting on their work trip. Strong community relationships are the backbone that supports thriving towns. We are happy to say that these visitors are leaving our area in better condition than it was when they arrived. Thank you for your work, and enjoy the rest of your summer. You earned it.

Parker Sandhurst is District 518's communications coordinator.