at Bucyrus High School are learning about more than just how different
aspects of government operate during Mr. Jason Nickler's senior
Government classes. They are gaining real world experiences through
community service projects, which Mr. Nickler required each of his 57
students to complete during the first semester of the 2014-15 school
Mr. Nickler's community service project requirement was not
overwhelmingly time consuming, as each student needed only to complete
10 hours. Students volunteered their time throughout Bucyrus and
Crawford County, helping at various nursing homes, the Bucyrus Public
Library, the Salvation Army and the Humane Society serving Crawford
County, just to name a few.
"Many students volunteered for initiatives through the Bucyrus City
School District," Nickler said. "The two programs that received the most
volunteer time were the Bucyrus Backpack Program and the Elementary
School B.E.S.T. After-School program."
Nickler received many positive comments from the student volunteers,
and the program coordinators were very appreciative of the students'
service. Senior Taylor Bayless was one of the student volunteers who
helped with the B.E.S.T. After-School Program.
"I helped students with math, multiplication and subtraction, and any
other areas where they needed help to complete their homework," Bayless
said. "It was a good experience for me because it opened opportunities
for me to work and help in my community."
Senior Bonnie Welsh went outside the school district to complete her
community service project requirement. She spent time volunteering with
the Bucyrus United Methodist Church and Stop Hunger Now, a national
organization working to end hunger.
"I helped pack 100,000 meals to send to a third world country through
Stop Hunger Now, and helped pack lunches for the soup kitchen and
packed bags of popcorn for Trunk-or-Treat at Bucyrus United Methodist
Church," Welsh said. "I learned that everyone needs to help out in their
community, and I will continue to do community service projects and
help out those in need throughout my college career and the rest of my
The idea of requiring students to complete community service projects
wasn’t something new for Mr. Nickler. He was a Key Club member while
attending Bucyrus High School, and the community service projects he
completed through that organization led him to serve as a tutor and
mentor for elementary students in the Columbus City Schools for two
years after college through the AmeriCorps program.
"I think it is important for teenagers to realize that they can give
back and do things to help their community regardless of their age or
economic standing; helping others doesn't have an age limit," Nickler
said. "I hope the students realized there is more to being civically
involved in their community beyond voting, and that being actively
involved in the community doesn't have to be a big time commitment to be
"I applaud Mr. Nickler's senior Government students for taking the
initiative to volunteer their time throughout our community and within
the Bucyrus City School District," Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. "I
appreciate Mr. Nickler's willingness to incorporate positive, life-long
principles in his curriculum to help our students grow into
well-rounded, productive members of society."